More Depth At CB - Jerametrius Butler Signed And Other Stuff
Skins add former Rams CB Butler. They tried to get him three years ago when Coach Joe returned, but their $15-million offer sheet was matched. Since then Butler has been oft injured - knee and hamstring problems - and was no longer in the Rams plans and he was cut Tuesday.
ALERT - Felt like I should add this after checking my email. Don't take this as a Shawn Springs replacement move. No freaking out, people. It's just depth. No one thinks Butler could replace Springs and they want the best backfield possible. It's just another guy to push for a roster spot.
Okay - back to the original blog.
Coach Joe said the Skins acted quickly to get Butler. despite already adding Smoot and Macklin this offseason to go with Springs (still excused today to tend to his pregnant wife) and Rogers. Obviously, the defensive backs were a major area of concern this offseason, and the Redskins want strength in numbers.
"When you get a chance to add there (at corner), we're going to do it," Gibbs said.
As for Butler, he just hopes to make the team and realizes that special teams is his best bet off the bat (unless a bunch of other corners get hurt). Butler, 28, missed all of 2005 due to injury and appeared in just six games last season. If healthy, he might be a good depth guy and would maybe push Ade Jimoh for a spot on teams, but it's been a long time since he's played regular football. Certainly worth taking a shot on.
The plethora of other quality CBs on the roster did not deter Butler, and he said the Redskins' attempts to sign him to an offer sheet three years ago made them his desired destination.
"I think here I might get a chance to play special teams," Butler said. "I just want to do whatever I can to make the team ... I've just got to stay healthy."
The Skins cut DB Chip Cox to make room for Butler on the roster.
Springs was excused again, and were London Fletcher and Sean Taylor to tend to other business.
LB Marcus Washington was rested with a sore back, but Bubba Tyer said it was just a precaution. He hurt his back lifting Wednesday, but it is very minor and not in any way related to his hip and other injuries. G Randy Thomas has a swollen knee and left practice a bit early as a precaution.
WR Brandon Lloyd ( minor hamstring issue) did not practice but is fine, Bubba said. WR Santana Moss (groin/hip) worked out on his own on the sidelines, and could get involved in a drill or two during mini-camp, Tyer said, but is aiming for a full return for training camp. DE Justin Hickman (knee) will report for mini camp and be evaluated then.
QB Mark Brunell (labrum surgery) said he is progressing ahead of schedule - as did Coach Joe - and feels good stretching out on deeper throws. He is not 100 percent yet but will be there by camp. As we already know, RB Clinton Portis (knee) is out until training camp.
Also, Coach Joe has decided to keep the guys off the field next week until mini camp on the weekend. They were scheduled to OTA practice on Tues. and Wed. but will do light work and walkthroughs instead.
Okay, I think that's pretty much it.
Oh yeah, had a great conversation with Bramlet this afternoon after his practice in Hamburg. Will post it tomorrow.
Hope you all have a great weekend.
Jason La Canfora
June 7, 2007; 2:02 PM ET
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