The Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins are discussing a trade that would send wide receiver Anthony Armstrong
to Miami, and running back Steve Slaton to Washington, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
The move would solve a logjam at wide receiver for the Redskins, give them competition at running back and provide the Dolphins a speedy deep threat that they have lacked.
Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong was slowed by a shoulder injury before recording two catches for 61 yards on Wednesday. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Armstrong found himself at a crowded position after the Redskins acquired Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan in free agency this past offseason. The third-year pro was battling Brandon Banks, Aldrick Robinson, Terrence Austin and Dezmon Briscoe for one of the final wide receiver spots with Garcon, Morgan, Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss all locks to make the roster.
Armstrong got off to a solid start in training camp, but missed two preseason games with a partially separated shoulder and had to play catch-up in the final weeks of the preseason. Armstrong recorded two catches Wednesday for 61 yards, including a 46-yard bomb.
But Banks and Robinson both were informed Friday that they had made the team, and Austin was released. As of mid-day Friday, Briscoe was still awaiting word on his status with the team.
Armstrong, who was Washington’s second-leading wide receiver in 2010, spent portions of the 2008 and 2009 seasons on the Dolphins’ practice squad.
Slaton is entering his sixth NFL season out of West Virginia. He got his start in the NFL with the Houston Texans, where, as a rookie, he rushed for 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns on 268 carries. Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan held the same position with the Texans that year. Slaton has battled injuries and hasn’t been able to recapture that effectiveness since, rushing for a total of 614 yards in 29 games. He spent last season with the Dolphins, appearing in three games.
If the deal is finalized, Slaton would join a backfield that currently features second-year backs Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. and rookie Alfred Morris. The Redskins released veteran Tim Hightower on Friday.
Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.