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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Skins sign former Seahawks WR Hackett

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

You got the feeling that Redskins coach Jim Zorn was just waiting for the right time to sign former Seahawks wide receiver D.J. Hackett, and that time arrived when Roydell Williams went down with a broken finger in training camp.

Hackett was a fourth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2004 and he's spent significant time working with Zorn in the past. He's certainly not a guy who will challenge for a starting job, but he had his moments with Seattle. In fact, I seem to recall him giving the Cowboys fits at one point.

As Gary Fitzgerald of Redskins.com points out, there's no guarantee that Williams was going to make the team. He was trying to figure out a new offense and the injury would've kept him out for a least a month. That's why the Skins went ahead and released him. Hackett's familiar with the Redskins' offense, so it shouldn't take him too long to catch up.

The Skins also signed defensive lineman Michael Marquardt. At 6-foot-3 and 302 pounds, Marquardt has bounced around the league since being signed by the Bengals as a rookie free agent out of Arizona State. He spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad. I think the Skins just want to make sure that players such as Albert Haynesworth don't have to take too many reps in camp. I'd be surprised if Marquardt made the final roster. With Hackett, you could certainly see it happening. He could play the role that James Thrash was in.