The Washington Football Team signed Cole Luke to a two-year deal.
The Washington Football Team is going to be down two safeties on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Landon Collins is obviously out for the season and Deshazor Everett has already been ruled out for the game.
That was set to leave the team shorthanded at the safety spot. Kam Curl was to start at strong safety while Jeremy Reaves and Troy Apke would be the other options on the roster. Kendall Fuller was also in the running for some snaps at the position, but it was preferable to have him stay at the cornerback spot.
As a result, the team needed to add some depth. They did that by signing Cole Luke from the practice squad. The team brought him onto the 53-man roster and signed him to a two-year deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The most notable part of this move is that Luke signed a two-year deal. That indicates that Washington likes his potential enough as a backup/special teams option that they want to keep him around for the offseason. That’s the purpose of signing him to a two-year deal, though it will also likely preserve them just a tiny bit of offense this offseason.
Luke played collegiately at Notre Dame and went undrafted in 2017 before signing with the Carolina Panthers. He didn’t play in regular season action until 2019 when he logged three tackles in eight games for the team.
Luke has experience playing corner and safety. His versatility will be a boon to Washington as he can be active on game day and serve as a backup at multiple positions while playing on special teams. He may not do a lot for the team but if he can prevent the likes of Apke, who fared poorly as a starter early in the year, from seeing the field, that may end up helping Washington in the long run.
We’ll soon see what Luke does for Washington, but this signing is an intriguing one. The 25-year-old should be solid depth and adding a versatile piece to the secondary was definitely a welcome move.