The Washington Football Team already had signed one receiver during the 2021 offseason. That was Curtis Samuel, who agreed to a three-year deal with the team early in the free-agent period.
And on Thursday, they added another receiver who could earn some playing time in the slot.
The Washington Football Team announced via their official website that they had signed Adam Humphries to a deal.
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Humphries, 27, is a six-year NFL veteran who has found a lot of success as a slot receiver. He struggled during the 2020 campaign as he dealt with injuries, but signing him now seems like a good buy-low move.
Why the Washington Football Team signing Adam Humphries is a good move.
Our own Ian Cummings agreed that adding Humphries would be a solid move. Here’s what Ian wrote about Humphries’ potential when it was reported that he was going to visit Washington.
"Humphries would be a nice buy-low addition for the Washington Football Team, were they to sign him. He’s not an elite athlete. At his pro day in 2015, Humphries logged a 4.53 40-yard dash, a 32.5-inch vertical, and a 122-inch broad jump. He did, however, earn a sub-7.00 three-cone time, which is good for a wide receiver.At 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, Humphries is a bit undersized, but he could be a solid, steady presence in the slot if given an opportunity. He’s also versatile enough to move around and play multiple positions, although his size projects best in space. For now, nothing is official, but there seems to be interest in Humphries on Washington’s end. It would be a nice signing, if it happens."
It certainly is a nice signing. At the worst, Humphries would be a quality slot backup who could provide experience and depth to a young receiving corps. At the best, he could start in the slot with Samuel playing outside or in a variety of roles for Washington’s offense.
Humphries is still young himself and will have a chance to play well for a handful of years if he can stay healthy. He may either be in his prime or he may still have room to improve. He’s only a one-year deal too, so there’s no risk with this move.
Where Humphries is familiar with Ryan Fitzpatrick from their time together in Tampa Bay, that could end up being good news as they should have good chemistry off the bat. And Humphries can also return punts, so that will give the team another option to put back there instead of Steven Sims Jr.
We’ll see how Washington opts to use Humphries, but just a couple of offseasons ago, he signed a sizable contract with the Tennessee Titans. Now, Washington is getting him cheap. That seems like a win.