October 23, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back Leigh Torrence (24) celebrates after his interception for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

Redskins add depth to their secondary with trio of veterans


December 4, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers free safety Madieu Williams (20) runs during the second quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Rams 26-0. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

The Redskins secondary took a big hit this year when they lost LaRon Landry to free agency and released O.J. Atogwe. It’s hard to lose your two starting safeties, but both players had injury-plagued, disappointing seasons in 2011, and needed to go. DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty played well at times last year, and veteran free safety Brandon Meriweather was added a few weeks ago, but that wasn’t enough depth to make new defensive backs coach Raheem Morris comfortable. This week, two more veteran safeties, Madieu Williams and Tanard Jackson, were added to the roster. There are big character differences in these two players, with Williams receiving the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2011 for his philanthropy and community service while Jackson served his second suspension from the NFL for substance abuse. Both should provide some much needed experience to a position the Redskins have been unsure about since Landry first injured his achilles.

Nov 27, 2011; Nashville, TN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Tanard Jackson (36) tackles Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) on the tackle during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

The cornerbacks in Washington have been inconsistent to say the least, so they brought back Leigh Torrence, a veteran corner who saw limited action with the Redskins from 2006-2008, but earned a Super Bowl ring with the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 season. He probably won’t bump DeAngelo Hall or Josh Wilson from their starting roles, but adds quality depth and experience to another unit that has struggled for the Redskins. Maybe Hall will be motivated by a capable veteran behind him on the depth chart, which will lead to more tackles and interceptions, and less humiliation from the likes of Dez Bryant and Rob Gronkowski.

Career stats for these new Redskins are:

Madieu Williams (age 30): 489 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12 INTs. Tanard Jackson (age 26): 239 tackles, 1 sack, 10 INTs. Leigh Torrence (age 30): 130 tackles, 2 INTs.


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