The Washington Redskins announced they have re-signed Deshazor Everett to a multiyear deal, helping address the safety depth that is a concern this offseason. The three-year veteran would have been eligible for restricted free agency when the league year begins March 14.
The team also waived tackle Kevin Bowen and running backs Dare Ogunbowale and Kenny Hilliard.
Everett started eight games last season and has played in 41 since joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2015. The Texas A&M product is among the more soft-spoken defensive backs and worked his way from the lower ranks of the depth chart to steady contributor.
And he increased his value to the team after converting to safety, a chronic area of need, from the cornerback position.
Coach Jay Gruden was optimistic about last season’s defensive captain D.J. Swearinger, second-year player Montae Nicholson and when discussing the safety position at the NFL combine last week, but said, “We do need to add another piece.”
With his re-signing, the Redskins have seven safeties on the offseason roster, including Fish Smithson. Veteran DeAngelo Hall is due to become an unrestricted free agent; Orion Stewart and Kenny Ladler were signed to reserve/futures contracts in January.
Gruden also spoke as if safety Su’a Cravens would return, but he wanted to make sure the 22-year-old is in a good space mentally. Cravens surprisingly announced his retirement in September because of personal and health-related reasons and was placed on the reserve/left squad list by the team. He hasn’t played a game since his rookie year in 2016.
Everett, 26, is coming off his most productive season, recording 62 tackles, five passes defended and one forced fumble in 14 games in 2017. He got the chance to establish himself further as a physical, steady presence following Cravens’s abrupt departure. The 6-foot, 195-pound Everett was also a key contributor on special teams and led the unit with 10 special-teams tackles.
Liz Clarke contributed to this report.
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