The Redskins have lost their second player to free agency today, as Leonard Hankerson tweeted out that he was joining the Atlanta Falcons. Hankerson will join his former Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and several other former Redskins coaches who have been hired by the Falcons this year under new Head Coach Dan Quinn. Hankerson reportedly signed a 1 year, $1 million "prove it" deal. Hankerson dropped to the 3rd Round in the 2011 draft, and the Redskins were happy to take the 6'3" WR out of Miami.
His career in Washington was filled with injuries that limited his development and production. Hankerson's rookie year was cut short by a hip injury(torn labrum) and he was placed on injured reserve after 2 starts. He came back in 2012 after hip surgery in February, but the Redskins had signed two WRs in free agency(Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon) who were ahead of him on the depth chart. In 2013 his season ended on IR again after tearing his ACL and LCL in Week 11 vs the Eagles. This caused him to start last season on the Physically Unable to Perform(PUP) list, and he was not activated until Week 11. In Hankerson's 4 years with the Redskins he had 81 receptions for 1,081 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Atlanta is giving former Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson a one-year, $1 million deal. Reunited with OC Kyle Shanahan.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2015
I definitely would like to thank @Redskins and Dan for everything, it's been a pleasure, I've grown and learned a lot there. #HTTR— Leonard Hankerson (@HankTime85) March 11, 2015