The Washington Redskins added three more defenders to reserve/future contracts yesterday in addition to the 9 players they signed earlier this week, and the Earl Wolff signing the day before. The biggest name on the list is former 1st round draft pick “Big” Phil Taylor(6’3” 337 lbs). Taylor was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2011 out of Baylor. Taylor originally went to Penn State, but was thrown off the team, along with Redskins DL Chris Baker. Taylor hasn’t played since the 2015 preseason, and has been dealing with knee injuries for the last few years. He was signed by the Denver Broncos last year, but was placed on IR in July due to a knee injury. The Redskins brought Taylor, and Terrance Knighton for a workout last October, but did not sign either player. Taylor will get a chance to stay healthy and make the team during the offseason on the team’s 90-man roster.
The Redskins also signed LB Khairi Fortt(6’2”, 240 lbs), a fourth round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2014. Fortt was injured his rookie season, and waived after being placed on injured reserve with designation to return. He then bounced around the league, getting picked up by several teams including the Bengals, Jaguars, and Seahawks. Fortt did not play in the NFL last season.
The third player signed was LB Pete Robertson(6’2”, 233 lbs), an undrafted free agent signing by the Seattle Seahawks last season out of Texas Tech. Robertson was with the Seahawks for their first three preseason games last year, and was released August 30th.