Redskins re-sign cornerback Aaron Colvin to bolster depth

The Washington Redskins have added another player to their thin cornerback room by re-signing Aaron Colvin.

One of the thinnest positions on the Redskins roster as of mid-May is cornerback. They traded Quinton Dunbar to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a fifth-round pick. Josh Norman left the team as well, though his departure was less consequential as he regressed badly and was benched at the end of his time in Washington.

While the team signed Kendall Fuller and Ronald Darby in free agency and has Fabian Moreau and Jimmy Moreland set to compete for playing time, the team has little beyond those players. They didn’t draft a cornerback, so guys like Danny Johnson, Greg Stroman, and Simeon Thomas were set to compete for the fifth corner spot. All are young and have upside, but it left the ‘Skins with little veteran presence on the back end.

Well, now they have a little more of that. The team elected to re-sign Aaron Colvin after he spent most of the 2019 season in Washington. The move was first reported by the Redskins’ official website.

Colvin was signed by the Redskins after his unceremonious release from the Houston Texans. Just one game into the second season of a four-year, $34 million contract, Colvin was cut by the Texans as a scapegoat for their Monday Night Football loss to the Saints. The Redskins were smart to pick him up and buy low on a player once considered to be a solid starting slot corner.

Colvin broke into the league as a fourth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2014 NFL Draft. He enjoyed his best season in 2015 when he started 15 of 16 games totaling 74 tackles, seven pass defenses, four sacks, and a forced fumble for the team. He was a solid complement to Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, after he came over from the Houston Texans.

Then came the struggles for Colvin. He didn’t play particularly well during his 11 total games over one-plus season with the Texans, but when the Redskins signed him, he was still just 27. He only played 15 percent of the defensive snaps, but he was a midseason acquisition, so it’s understandable that he played sparingly.

Now 28, Colvin still has room to grow. And if the ‘Skins use him as a backup slot player, he could make the team and provide a valuable asset, especially if he can return to his form from his early Jaguars days.

The Redskins likely didn’t invest too much in Colvin, so this deal looks solid on paper. It gives the team an older, more experienced corner with the ability to play the slot to battle some of their younger players for a roster spot. Colvin might not make the team, but as a low-risk investment, it’s worth giving him another shot to prove himself.