The Washington Redskins have signed free agent safety Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith. This move comes as the Redskins also announced they have waived cornerback Peyton Thompson. Thompson was signed to the Redskins practice squad late last season in November 2013 and had an up hill climb to make the roster this year.By the Redskins releasing Peyton Thompson now he at least has a chance to sign on with another team while training camps are still ongoing. Safety Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and has been off and on with them since then. He was last with the Steelers last season before being released.
He has experience in a 3-4 defense with Pittsburgh and will provide the Redskins with more competition at safety and more than likely on special teams. Redskins starting free safety Ryan Clark did not play in the preseason debut win over the New England Patriots and neither did safety Phillip Thomas. Both players were out with hamstring issues.
The Redskins started Bacarri Rambo in place of Ryan Clark against the Patriots and the Redskins may just need to add more depth at safety until those players are healthy enough to return to practice or are ready to play.