By By Rich Tandler
The Redskins have avoided the restricted free agent tender process with safety Deshazor Everett by signing him to a multi-year deal. They still have some work to do at the safety position. Or maybe they don’t.
Everett’s role likely will be as a backup and special teams type player. However, he was supposed to have the same role last year and he ended up starting eight games and playing more snaps than any safety other than D.J. Swearinger. His expanded role was a result of injuries suffered by Montae Nicholson and DeAngelo Hall.
Hall is likely to retire and, in any case, he won’t be back with the Redskins. Nicholson is on the mend from a shoulder injury and a concussion that limited him to eight games. Jay Gruden has said that having Nicholson available in 2018 is as important to the defense as Jordan Reed is to the offense. His range and closing ability are special and the defense could rise or fall in 2018 based in large part on his ability to stay on the field.
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