Drafted in the 6th round by the Cleveland Browns
@ClifGeathers (Hasn't tweeted for a year!)
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Not included in the above stats are his stints with 4 other franchises. Geathers was drafted by Cleveland in 2010 and waived before final cuts. The Miami Dolphins claimed him off waivers only to be released in November of the same year. A week later the Seattle Seahawks signed him and subsequently released him early December 2010. Finally, the Dallas Cowboys signed him a week later and kept him past the 2011 season. He recorded no tackles in 6 games played but did have 3 QB pressures.
Geathers is currently buried in the defensive line depth chart however, he's had ample opportunities to show his worth. Jason Hatcher, Barry Cofield, and Stephen Bowen are all coming off surgeries that held them back during OTA's. They are all supposed to be on track to participate in training camp but they will likely be limited even when they do come back. Safe to say there are two defensive line spots open for Geathers, Kedric Golston, Doug Worthington, Stephen Bowen, and Chris Neild to compete for. Clifton Geathers' size (6'8", 340lbs) and athleticism give him an edge over the veteran lineman. However, he does lack the experience and track record the others provide.
Even if he does make the roster, Geathers may not have much of an impact on the defense this year however, I honestly believe Ben Kotwica can use him creatively in a FG blocking formation. As large as he is you'll never believe his posted vertical leap. Granted, he is a solid 40lbs heavier now than he was then but nevertheless, at the 2010 NFL Combine, Geathers posted a 36-inch vertical! I'm dreaming of our very own Israel Idonije, a kick blocking specialist.
On the Bubble
Not only is Clifton Geathers the tallest and heaviest player on the Washington Redskins but he is also the largest defensive lineman in the NFL! The Philadelphia Eagles do have a pair of 6'9" defensive ends that are unlikely to make their roster but they are 277lbs and 291lbs. Aside from them, Calais Campbell (AZ), Margus Hunt (CIN), and Ropati Pitoitua (TEN) are the only other 6'8" linemen in the league. Those three are 300lbs, 280lbs, and 298lbs respectively. Clifton "Mountain" Geathers has at least 40lbs on each of them!
Clifton Geathers has football in his blood. He is the middle brother of two other NFL lineman, older brother Robert Geathers Jr. (CIN) and younger brother Kwame Geathers (SD). His father, Robert Geathers Sr., was also drafted in the NFL in 1981. However, the closest link to the Burgundy and Gold comes from his uncle, Jumpy Geathers, who had 4.5 sacks in the Redskins' 1991 Super Bowl season.
For a guy with 18 tackles in 4 years, Geathers was given a pretty decent 2-year, $3.2 million deal with a $500,000 signing bonus. If Clifton Geathers does end up making the Redskins' final roster then surely someone has to update his Wikipedia page photo.