Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Redskins agree with Madieu Williams
By Dan Graziano
Well, we talked a few hours ago about the possibility of the Washington Redskins signing recently released safety Tanard Jackson, and I guess it's still possible, but the position may be filled. The Redskins have agreed to terms with free-agent safety Madieu Williams, according to several reports, and the spots in the reworked secondary are filling up.
The Redskins already signed Brandon Meriweather for strong safety, and they signed cornerback Cedric Griffin thinking he could help out at safety too. They have Reed Doughty under contract, and they liked what DeJon Gomes showed as a rookie and think he's a starter down the road. But now it looks as though Williams is in the mix at the free safety spot, either as the immediate starter or as training-camp competition for Gomes and Doughty. Mike Shanahan has been talking a lot about depth, and the Redskins have some at the safety positions now, especially if Griffin can play there as well as the nickel cornerback spot.
The other bit of fallout from the Williams signing is that it makes it more likely that the focus of the Redskins' draft will be offense. They've made a number of signings in the secondary, as mentioned, and they still hope and plan to re-sign linebacker London Fletcher, so the area that currently needs the most depth is probably the offensive line, especially since that line will be charged with protecting a rookie quarterback.