July 31, 2011

Saints add veteran CB Washington

Veteran CB Fabian Washington has been signed to a one year contract join the Saints depth at cornerback.

Starter Tracy Porter missing practice as he wraps up the rehab of his knee surgery shortly after the 2010 season ended.  Jabari Greer remains in the starting lineup with a pair of recent high draft picks, 2010 first rounder Patrick Robinson and 2011 third rounder Johnny Patrick battling for position behind him.



Washington was a first round pick of the Raiders in 2005, having shot up the draft boards with a blazing-fast 4.28 40 yard dash.  At 5'10, 188 out of Nebraska, Washington also showed off an outstanding 41.5" vertical leap.

A disappointing bust in Oakland, Washington was limited by injuries and was beaten regularly by opponents.  After five interceptions and being demoted in the third of three seasons as a Raider, he was traded for a fourth round pick to Baltimore, where he stayed three seasons, starting each season but recording only one interception.

Washington slipped down the depth chart last season and ended his Baltimore on a down note, recording no statistics in the final four meaningful games of the season for the Raiders.

As Raiders fans are often to point out, the Raiders traded up to the 23rd slot get Washington instead of who the fans wanted: Cal QB Aaron Rodgers.

After Porter, Greer, Robinson and Patrick, the Saints needed more experience at the position. Washington joins  Leigh Torrence as the only other experienced veteran on the depth chart.  The Saints also added this offseason UDFA Josh Gatlin and second year street free agent Mark Parson at the position.

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