The Washington Redskins have lined up free agent visits with linebacker Lofa Tatupu and cornerback Kelvin Hayden, according to an ESPN report.
Tatupu was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday after he refused to restructure his deal and accept a paycut. Hayden was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.
The Redskins in the last week and a half have added two veteran cornerbacks to the roster – signing Josh Wilson and re-signing Phillip Buchanon. Wilson presumably will be the starter, and Buchanon is a solid third corner. But he will miss the first four games of the season while serving a league-issued suspension. The Redskins also have third-year corners Kevin Barnes and Byron Westbrook, as well as rookie Brandyn Thompson, on the roster.
Hayden is a seventh-year veteran who started all 11 games he played in last season and recorded 61 tackles and two interceptions.
But Washington has yet to replace inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who is a free agent and isn’t an ideal fit in the 3-4 defense. Second-year LSU product Perry Riley is auditioning for the starting job next to London Fletcher.
But Tatupu offers more experience as a sixth-year veteran, who has been voted to the Pro Bowl three times. Tatupu last season recorded 88 tackles, one sack, forced fumble and interception.