Washington Redskins: Frank Kearse

It wasn't the ideal road, but it worked out -- so far -- for some of them. The Redskins invited 38 players to try out for a roster spot during their rookie minicamp. They liked four enough to sign them (which, of course, meant four players had to go).

Here's a little more information on the four they signed:

CB Courtney Bridget, Hampton

He started his college career at Nevada, but transferred after a medical redshirt freshman season in 2009. Nevada wanted Bridget to play safety. Bridget played corner at Hampton -- same school as Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker -- and showed an ability to drive on the ball – albeit against lesser competition in the MEAC. The Redskins do not view him as a safety. Bridget used his length -- he's 6-foot-3 -- to help himself at times on downfield throws. He intercepted one pass in his Hampton career. At his pro day, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds, but only did six reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. Bridget played high school ball at Dunbar in Baltimore.

NT Frank Kearse, Alabama A&M

Kearse, a 2011 undrafted free agent, started four games for Carolina in 2011 and ’12 and played in 14 before being released in late August last summer with an injury settlement. He spent time on Tennessee’s practice squad until Dallas signed him to its active roster. Kearse appeared in two games for the Cowboys (one against Washington), but they released him May 12. Kearse has 23 career tackles and 1.5 sacks. He originally signed with Miami, but the Dolphins released him before the 2011 season, though reports at the time stated they liked his “size and motor.”

S Ross Madison, Toledo

He’s a local kid, having attended Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia. Played strong and free safety at Toledo and finished his career with 48 games played, 99 combined tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Madison, 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at his pro day.

CB Blake Sailors, Georgia

This is unusual: Sailors did not start a game in four years at Georgia where he was a special teams ace (Redskins inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti was on the staff when he was there). While the Redskins want to improve their safeties’ special teams play, it’s unusual to sign a guy -- even as an undrafted player -- who never started. He started off as a walk-on, but the 5-foot-11, 186-pound Sailors does have good speed having run the 40 in 4.45 seconds at his pro day.
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Redskins signed four players who were in camp on a tryout basis – and also waived veteran Jose Gumbs.

Washington signed defensive end Frank Kearse (Alabama A&M), corner Courtney Bridget (Hampton), safety Ross Madison (Toledo) and corner Blake Sailors (Georgia). Dallas cut Kearse earlier in the week. He was a seventh-round draft pick by Miami in 2011.

To make room, and stay at the maximum 90 players, the Redskins waived Gumbs, nose tackle Chris Davenport, tight end Kevin Perry and quarterback Tommy Rees. Gumbs appeared in eight games, starting one, for Washington last season. He was a hard hitter who contributed mostly on special teams. Gumbs was an undrafted free agent in 2012 who signed with Washington right before training camp last summer.

The other three players were signed as undrafted free agents earlier this week. Rees’ throwing was sporadic in the open sessions to the media. Davenport was pursued by Pittsburgh as well. Perry played two years of basketball at Texas El-Paso in addition to football.

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