By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Washington Redskins signed wide receiver Reche Caldwell, a former starter for the New England Patriots, to a one-year contract yesterday. The team also put starting tackle Jon Jansen on injured reserve, ending his season before he undergoes surgery to repair a broken fibula and dislocated right ankle.
Jansen is focusing on being back for offseason workouts and is expected to miss four months after having surgery. The extent of the ligament damage will be unclear until his surgery.
Caldwell, who visited Redskins Park yesterday before signing the deal, was cut by the receiver-rich Patriots last week. Although Antwaan Randle El had a career game Sunday, some NFL observers believe the Redskins lack a proven number two wide receiver. Caldwell's arrival also could lead to even more diminished playing time for Brandon Lloyd, an underachiever since getting a big contract from Washington in 2006.
Though not a huge target -- the Redskins' receiving corps lacks size -- Caldwell (6 feet, 210 pounds) has been effective. He was the Patriots' leading receiver in 2006, with 61 receptions for 760 yards and four touchdowns. In three playoff games last season, Caldwell recorded 16 receptions for 176 yards and one touchdown.
San Diego selected Caldwell 48th overall in the 2002 draft from Florida. He has appeared in 63 NFL games with 28 starts.
The Redskins are carrying six wide receivers -- a high number -- but had no immediate plans to release any of them, according to a team source. How long they will be willing to do so remains to be seen, and newcomer Shaun Bodiford was just claimed on waivers last week.Mason Is Released
Running back Marcus Mason, a Georgetown Prep graduate who cracked the 53-man roster but was inactive Sunday, was released yesterday to create a roster spot that could be filled today by a former Redskin, safety Omar Stoutmire.
Mason would likely be assigned to the practice squad if he clears waivers, and is a player the coaches have raved about. But the Redskins are concerned about the status of two safeties who played Sunday -- Pierson Prioleau (hamstring) and Vernon Fox (groin) -- and Stoutmire is familiar with the system after two stints in Washington.
The Redskins were negotiating with Stoutmire yesterday, league sources said. Stoutmire is a free agent after being one of the final cuts here.
Fox's muscle strain appears a little more severe than Prioleau's, according to Bubba Tyer, director of sports medicine. The Redskins dressed five safeties in Sunday's game and it is an important position for special teams.Trucks, Toler Let Go
The Redskins released linebacker Anthony Trucks and wide receiver Burl Toler from the practice squad yesterday, and signed offensive lineman Justin Geisinger to the practice squad after he worked out at Redskins Park. That vacant spot could be used for Mason.