Washington Football Team signs TE Deon Yelder and CB Linden Stephens

Washington Football Team TE Deon Yelder. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Football Team TE Deon Yelder. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Football Team has made a couple of signings in the wake of the 2021 NFL Draft.

On Wednesday night, the team announced via their official website that they had signed tight end Deon Yelder and cornerback Linden Stephens to their 90-man roster. The two veterans will provide depth and competition at two positions that have roster spots up for grabs.

About Washington Football Team TE Deon Yelder

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After finding Logan Thomas on the free-agent market last offseason, some will be excited to see that the Washington Football Team has added another tight end to the mix. And some may wonder if he could be the unheralded type like Thomas.

The short answer is probably not, but Yelder will provide blocking depth at the tight end position. The three-year veteran has spent his whole career with the Kansas City Chiefs and played in 26 games for the team. That said, he wasn’t much of a pass-catcher with the Chiefs, as he has just 10 career catches for 86 yards.

Still, Yelder has a 6-foot-4, 255-pound frame and has done a good enough job blocking to stick around in Kansas City. Plus, he learned in a tight end room that featured Travis Kelce, so if he picked up any tips from the NFL’s best tight end, maybe he could apply them and improve under Pete Hoener in Washington.

Yelder isn’t likely to be a receiving weapon, but Washington could do worse in their quest for a blocking tight end. At the very least, he provides some experience among the tight end backups. That’s something they were lacking before the Yelder signing.

About Washington Football Team CB Linden Stephens

Stephens is another veteran, but his story is a bit different than that of Yelder. Stephens has played for five different NFL teams since going undrafted out of Cincinnati in 2018, but he finally latched on with the Seattle Seahawks last year.

Stephens played in a career-high 13 games for the Seahawks last year and played 36 percent of the snaps on special teams. He played sparingly on defense, but the 26-year-old certainly can provide, depth, value, and special teams experience for Washington.

Neither of these moves are particularly exciting to Washington fans, but at this stage in the offseason, they needed some extra depth and competition for their roster, especially at the tight end spot. And who knows, maybe one will become a solid depth option for the team.

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We’ve seen this coaching staff turn unheralded signings into solid role players. Maybe they can work their magic again.