The Washington Redskins, who have already unloaded their top two corners from last season, turned to a division rival to help fill a void, signing veteran Ronald Darby, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Darby signed a one-year deal worth $4 million.
The Redskins cut Josh Norman before free agency and traded corner Quinton Dunbar. Darby won’t automatically replace one of them in the starting lineup, but he does provide an intriguing option. The Redskins also signed Kendall Fuller in free agency. They also have veteran Fabian Moreau and second-year Jimmy Moreland among others who can compete for starting jobs or key roles.
Darby, who turned 26 in January, was arguably the Eagles’ most gifted cornerback during his three-years in Philadelphia, which included a Super Bowl run in 2017, but injuries kept him from being a consistent force.
He missed 28 of a possible 48 games over the last three seasons, including eight games in 2018 after tearing his ACL. He returned for the start of this past season but was in and out of the lineup and finished with two interceptions and 11 passes defensed over 11 games.
A second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2015, the 26-year-old Darby started 29 of 32 games during his two years with the Bills. With 21 passes defensed and a pair of interceptions, he finished second in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind Marcus Peters.
Darby was traded to Philadelphia before the start of the 2017 season for receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick.
He has eight interceptions and 65 passes defensed in his five seasons.
Information from ESPN’s John Keim was used in this report.