The Redskins announced today that they have re-signed Duke Ihenacho who was an exclusive rights free agent. The Redskins have not announced details for the contract yet, but it is likely to be the typical ERFA tender that will be a 1 year, minimum contract similar to the one Tom Compton signed last week as an ERFA(1 year, $660k). Ihenacho was claimed from the Denver Broncos last season after he was released during final cuts. Ihenacho only played 4 defensive snaps, and 30 special teams snaps last season before fracturing his heel bone in Week 3 vs the Philadelphia Eagles. Ihenacho joins a very thin safety group with the retirement of starting FS Ryan Clark, and the impending free agency of starting SS Brandon Meriweather. The other safeties that were on the roster last season are Phillip Thomas who started in place of the injured Meriweather at the end of last season, and Trenton Robinson, and Akeem Davis who are used primarily on special teams.
In his last season with the Broncos, Ihenacho started 14 of 16 regular season games, and all of the playoff games including the Super Bowl. He recorded 73 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 6 passes defended. Last year he was credited with 1 tackle in the 3 games that he appeared.
[UPDATE #1: 7:00 pm 3/4/15] Contract info for Ihenacho's ERFA deal
As an exclusive-rights free agent, Ihenacho — a fourth-year pro — could have either accepted Washington’s offer (a non-guaranteed one-year deal of $510,000) or retired.
[UPDATE #2: 2:10 pm 3/6/15] Contract details for Ihenacho's deal
Strong safety Duke Ihenacho, who signed a one-year contract earlier in the week, will make $660,000 this season.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) March 6, 2015