Posted by Andy Benoit
Three teams brought in new veterans to provide depth Monday. The Redskins signed former Steelers safety Tyrone Carter; the Patriots traded for Falcons guard Quinn Ojinnaka; and the Bears signed former Redskins quarterback Todd Collins.
The Carter signing is surprising given Washington’s plentiful depth at safety. Third-year pro Kareem Moore is expected to win the starting job opposite LaRon Landry. That leaves two young former starters in Chris Horton and Reed Doughty filling the second string. Coaches haven’t been thrilled with Horton’s inconsistency, and Doughty tends to take bad angles at times. But both are quality backups. So what’s Washington’s plan with Carter?
Some observers have raised questions about New England’s Ojinnaka acquisition. The fifth-year pro is suspended the first game of the season after violating the league’s personal conduct policy (domestic violence in May 2009). But, the uncomfortable truth is that New England needs depth up front, and Ojinnaka is a fairly versatile 300-pounder with 12 career starts. And the good news about a one-game suspension is that it’s only one game.
Of course, as ESPN’s Pat Yasinkas pointed out, with the Falcons drafting Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley, it was possible that Ojinnaka wasn’t going to make the Falcons final roster anyway. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff may have used his relationship with is former Patriot front office colleagues to his advantage here.
As for Collins – obviously, he gives the Bears security in the event that Jay Cutler gets hurt or suddenly collapses under the weight of his own ego.
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