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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Redskins add Porter, Sharpton

By John Keim

The Washington Redskins, rebuffed by several players in free agency, finally landed two players who fill spots. How well they fill them will be answered starting in September.

Free agent cornerback Tracy Porter and linebacker Darryl Sharpton agreed to deals, according to multiple reports. Sharpton signed a one year deal worth $2 million. Porter's terms were uncertain. Porter fills a job as the slot corner while Sharpton giving the Redskins depth at inside linebacker. Injuries have limited his career and Sharpton has never played a full season. He only played more than 10 games twice in his four seasons with the Houston Texans.

But Sharpton is considered strong against the run, which the Redskins place more importance on out of the inside linebacker position. If healthy, he could end up as the starter.

Porter was a versatile player for the Oakland Raiders last season and had perhaps his best season, with two interceptions, 13 passes defended and 1.5 sacks. But this will be his third new team in three seasons and his fourth overall. He played his first four years with New Orleans.

The Redskins had a visit lined up with another free agent corner Walter Thurmond, who also plays in the slot. It's uncertain if that visit will still happen.