Redskins add veteran CB Buchanon

In the past, Phillip Buchanon was the kind of free agent the Washington Redskins lavished with cash and royally overpaid.

Under the new regime, perhaps the Redskins picked up a veteran who can come in and help them out this season. The club continued to sort through the discount bin in free agency and added Buchanon today by signing him to a one-year contract, giving them another option at cornerback.

The former first-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders spent last season with the Detroit Lions, making 11 starts. He’s played in 105 career games and has 76 starts. He also has experience as a punt returner and the Redskins are seeking help in their return game after releasing Antwaan Randle El and Rock Cartwright prior to the outset of free agency.

“We are very excited to add a veteran corner, such as Phillip, to our defensive backfield,” coach Mike Shanahan said in a release. “He has had a lot of success in this league and brings with him the ability to create turnovers. He will be a big part of what we are trying to accomplish defensively in Washington.”

Buchanon has also made stops with Tampa Bay and Houston. He’ll give the Redskins some proven depth behind DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers. The team needs Rogers to improve his play too after allowing far too many big plays on blown assignments this past season.

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