Redskins Notebook

Former Ram Is Signed For Depth in Secondary

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 8, 2007

Continuing to add depth at defensive back, the Washington Redskins signed free agent cornerback Jerametrius Butler yesterday.

Butler, 28, joined the team's workout and knows he faces steep odds to crack the roster. He has been injured most of the last two years, and was released Tuesday by St. Louis. The Redskins signed Butler to a $15 million offer sheet in 2004, but the Rams matched it. Since then he has suffered major knee and hamstring injuries, missing all of 2005 and all but six games of 2006.

Coach Joe Gibbs said the move was not meant to send a message to starting corners Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers but was simply a chance to add depth. The Redskins have signed corners Fred Smoot and David Macklin this offseason.

"We feel like corner is a really important spot," Gibbs said. "When you get a chance to add there, we're going to do it."

Butler, sources said, signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum ($595,000).

The Redskins cut defensive back Chip Cox to make room for Butler.

Brunell Ahead of Schedule

Backup quarterback Mark Brunell, coming off labrum surgery, said he is ahead of schedule in his recovery and can throw longer with more regularity. He was cleared for full practice -- although he is monitored closely -- and said, "I expect to be 100 percent by training camp."

Should Brunell recover, the Redskins could give strong consideration to releasing veteran Todd Collins, who has been a career backup and hopes to get a chance to play before his career ends. The Redskins have three young quarterbacks who could compete for the third spot, two rookies (Jordan Palmer and Sam Hollenbach) and veteran Casey Bramlet, who is among NFL Europe leaders in several categories.

Bumps and Bruises

Linebacker Marcus Washington, who was cleared for full practice participation this week, was rested yesterday with a sore back, Director of Sports Medicine Bubba Tyer said. The minor ailment is unrelated to Washington's hip problems. . . .

Wide receiver Santana Moss (groin, hip) worked out on his own on the sideline yesterday and could get involved in a drill or two during minicamp, Tyer said, but is aiming for a full return for training camp. . . . Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (hamstring) did not practice, but there is no concern that the injury could linger, Tyer said. . . . Tailback Clinton Portis (knee) is out until training camp. . . . Springs was excused from practice for a third straight day to be with his pregnant wife, Gibbs said.


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