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The Redskins re-signed unrestricted free-agent cornerback E.J. Biggers.
Biggers, 26, appeared in all 16 games for the Redskins last season, including five starts. The former Western Michigan star was a versatile defensive back during his first season in Washington, lining up inside and outside at cornerback and even seeing time at free safety. Biggers finished the season with 35 tackles and one interception.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Biggers will compete for playing time behind projected starters DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson, with free-agent addition Tracy Porter expected to play the nickel role.
The Redskins also have Richard Crawford working his way back from knee surgery that sidelined him all of last season.
"Whatever they need, I'll be ready," Biggers said.
SAFETY: Brandon Meriweather couldn't stay healthy in 2012 and wasn't the expected playmaker in 2013. Reed Doughty is more of a special-teamer but started 45 games the past two years because of others' injuries and/or incompetence. Free-agent addition Ryan Clark could help, but he will be 35 in October.
London Fletcher retired after his 16th season, leaving a glaring vacancy next to Perry Riley Jr. Akeem Jordan was signed, but they are likely to add more.
Trent Williams was picked for the last two Pro Bowls, but none of the other regulars is anything special so the Redskins could replace any of them, particularly right tackle Tyler Polumbus.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: LB Brian Orakpo (tendered at $11.455M; signed tender March 27).
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
WR Dezmon Briscoe (not tendered as RFA) spent last season on injured reserve after contributing little in 2012. If he returns, it will be by default.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
ILB Nick Barnett signed with Washington just after training camp started. The former Green Bay and Buffalo starter saw some time as the season went on and London Fletcher showed his age, but he tore an ACL in the penultimate game against Dallas.
TE Fred Davis was in line to be in Washington for years to come, but a marijuana suspension in 2011, a torn Achilles in 2012, a weak work ethic and an indefinite suspension last month means he's an ex-Redskin.
S Reed Doughty has overachieved, lasting eight seasons after being picked in the sixth round in 2006. He shouldn't start again, but the hustler might be back depending on whether new special teams coach Ben Kotwica is a fan of his work in that area.
QB Rex Grossman was a turnover machine as the starter in 2011 and didn't play in either of the past two years. With his buddy, former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan gone, Grossman will follow.
ILB Bryan Kehl finished 2012 strong on special teams but he tore an ACL in Week 6 last season and could well be gone as he turns 30 in July.
WR Josh Morgan arrived in 2012 from San Francisco with a plate and screws in a surgically repaired leg. Those were removed before last season, but he dropped from 48 catches and 510 yards to 20 catches and 214 yards. Morgan also faltered badly on returns, averaging just 19.9 yards on kickoffs and 7.4 on punts. By the end of the year, Morgan was so deep in coach Mike Shanahan's doghouse that he was deactivated. The D.C. native wants a do-over for coach Jay Gruden but is unlikely to get it.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
WR Aldrick Robinson (tendered at $570,000).
DE Doug Worthington (tendered at $570,000).
NT Chris Baker: Potential UFA; $12M/3 yrs, $4M guaranteed.
CB E.J. Biggers: UFA; terms unknown.
S Jose Gumbs: Potential ERFA; $495,000/1 yr.
CB DeAngelo Hall: Potential UFA; $17M/4 yrs, $3.25M SB/$5.65M guaranteed.
LB Rob Jackson: UFA; terms unknown.
S Brandon Meriweather: UFA; $1M/1 yr.
WR Santana Moss: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
LB Brian Orakpo: FFA; $11.455M/1 yr.
LB Perry Riley: Potential UFA; $13M/3 yrs.
S Ryan Clark: UFA Steelers; 1 yr, terms unknown.
DE Clifton Geathers: UFA Eagles; terms unknown.
WR David Gettis: FA; $570,000/1 yr.
DT Jason Hatcher: UFA Cowboys; $27.5M/4 yrs, $9M SB/$10.5M guaranteed.
LB Adam Hayward: UFA Buccaneers; terms unknown.
WR DeSean Jackson: FA Eagles; $32M/4 yrs, $5M SB/$16M guaranteed (final year voids five days after 2016 Super Bowl, making it $24M/3 yrs.
LB Akeem Jordan: UFA Chiefs; 1 yr, terms unknown.
C/G Kevin Kowalski: FA; $1.23M/2 yrs.
G Shawn Lauvao: UFA Browns; $17M/4 yrs.
QB Colt McCoy: UFA 49ers; terms unknown.
G Mike McGlynn: UFA Colts; terms unknown.
CB Tracy Porter: UFA Raiders; terms unknown.
CB Ryan Mouton: FA; $645,000/1 yr.
WR Andre Roberts: UFA Cardinals; $16M/4 yrs.
ILB Darryl Sharpton: UFA Texans; terms unknown.
WR Josh Bellamy (released).
DE Adam Carriker (released/failed physical).
LB London Fletcher (UFA/retired).
LB Josh Hull (released).
C Will Montgomery (released/failed physical).
CB Ryan Mouton (released).
P Sav Rocca (released).
LB Darryl Tapp: UFA Lions; 1 yr, terms unknown.
C J.D. Walton: UFA Giants; $5M/2 yrs, $1.25M SB/$3M guaranteed.
CB Josh Wilson: UFA Falcons; 1 yr, terms unknown.