Redskins signing E.J. Biggers brings depth at cornerback

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Sports,NFL,Redskins,John Keim

The Redskins filled a need; whether or not they solved a problem remains up for debate.

Washington signed corner E.J. Biggers on Wednesday, giving them, if nothing else, depth at a position that was sorely lacking in quality players. But that likely won't stop the team's pursuit of another corner who can start opposite Josh Wilson.

Biggers spent the past four seasons with Tampa Bay, playing his first three years under current Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris. Biggers, a seventh-round pick in 2009, started 24 games with Tampa. He intercepted three passes and defended 28.

At 6-foot and 180 pounds -- and with long arms -- he has the height to play press man coverage, which the Redskins like to do. But he's more of a lean corner.

One front office executive said Biggers is more of a third or fourth corner with good speed and the ability to play some man coverage. The knock on him, according to this executive, is that he "does not match up well with bigger [receivers] and lacks top instincts to make more plays on the ball."

At the least, Biggers adds young depth to a position in need of more help. The Redskins have one legitimate starting corner at this point in Josh Wilson. DeAngelo Hall, whom they cut last week, is still unsigned and a possibility to return. Another corner, Antoine Winfield, remains on the market. His former team, the Vikings, are optimistic about a possible return.

"He made me believe that there was a possibility that things could be worked out here, that he would be back in Minnesota," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters Wednesday at the league's annual meeting. "I do know there are other teams calling and seeing what his interest is in continuing to play. And he does want to continue to play. But he gave me the impression that he'd like to be able to be back here in Minnesota. Now it's just a matter of can we work things out financially to his liking as well as our team's liking."

The Redskins also have second-year player Richard Crawford, who struggled as a rookie but is a smart player and good punt returner. Chase Minnifield is coming off two knee surgeries in the past year, but if healthy he would be a good addition.

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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