The Redskins have made a low-impact roster move at the wide receiver position, signing veteran David Anderson and releasing Donte Stallworth, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Anderson this morning confirmed his signing on his Twitter account. The Redskins would not confirm the move. NFL.com first reported the Anderson signing; the Washington Post first reported Stallworth’s release.
Anderson, 28, had one reception for 9 yards in two games with the Houston Texans this season. He had 82 catches for 895 yards and three touchdowns in his six-year career, all with Houston.
He had 57 receptions for 611 yards and two touchdowns while Kyle Shanahan called plays for the Texans in 2008 and 2009.
Scouts Inc. (via subscription-protected ESPN Insider) describes Anderson as follows: “Anderson is a slightly undersized receiver with excellent initial quickness and good agility and body control. He is a good route runner who knows how to set defenders up. He plays the game with better strength than you’d expect and flashes good leaping skills to get up and high point the ball when in a crowd. He can make people miss in space but lacks the top-end speed to be a threat to take it all the way.”
Anderson was a seventh-round pick in 2006 out of Colorado State.
Stallworth departs after only five catches for 46 yards. He was active for only four of Washington’s eight games.
When the Redskins signed him last July, I knew him mostly as the receiver who served jail time in 2009 after pleading guilty to manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol.
After knowing him superficially over the past three months, I shake my head wondering how he made such a tragic mistake. I found Stallworth to be smart, thoughtful, engaging and professional — qualities that Redskins coaches wanted in the locker room when they kept seven receivers after final cuts.
The team, however, obviously believes Anderson will have a bigger impact on the field, especially with Santana Moss (hand) and Niles Paul (toe) out. He’s familiar with Shanahan’s offense, at least.