They’re all for depth. A quick rundown of each of them:
- DE Kedric Golston – Golston only played 174 snaps last season, and he may see even less time next year, depending on how 2011 2nd round pick Jarvis Jenkins progresses from a torn ACL suffered in the preseason last year. As Rich Tandler of RealRedskins.com points out, the Skins have good depth at DE, with Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker, Jenkins and Golston.
- S Madieu Williams – Williams was a good player in the early part of his career with the Bengals, and he parlayed his play into a 6 year deal with the Vikings for $33 million in 2008. After three disappointing seasons in Minnesota, Williams was released. He landed in San Francisco, when he played the first four games while Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner were out with injuries (Goldson missed the first 2 weeks of the season, while Whitner missed parts of Week 3 and all of Week 4). Once Goldson and Whitner were healthy, Williams never saw the field again. The Redskins’ secondary is an absolute mess, especially at safety. Williams is just another body to add to the mix. In his 8-year career, Williams has 12 INT’s (1.5/season) and 4 FF (0.5/season). Big plays should not be expected.
- CB Leigh Torrence – Torrence played for the Redskins from 2006-08, before joining the Saints. A few people that cover the Saints that I’ve talked to have said pretty much the same things: Very likeable guy, great locker room presence, decent-good reserve corner. The Skins have no depth at all to speak of at CB, so this move makes a lot of sense.
- OT James Lee – Backup in Tampa the last 4 years. With the QB position cleared up, the Skins have one enormous black hole of a position to fix on the offense. That would be RT. Lee is probably little more than a guy to come in a compete for a roster spot.
*Snap count data per Pro Football Focus.