The Redskins and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White are interested in consummating a deal, according to a CBS Sports report.
White, 27, last played in the NFL in 2009. He left the sport to pursue a professional baseball career but recently has taken steps to get back into the NFL. The West Virginia University product ran a highly-successful zone-read option scheme in college but arrived in the NFL before that offensive tactic proliferated at that level.
The Redskins represent an opportunity to regain a foothold in the league, particularly because quarterback Robert Griffin III is recovering from reconstructive right knee surgery and is expected to miss all of the team’s offseason program.
Kirk Cousins is entrenched as Griffin’s placeholder, but White’s athleticism would enable the Redskins to run some of their quarterback option concepts this spring and in the preseason. The club could then decide on White’s future based on his performance.
The Dolphins drafted White 44th overall in 2009, when they ran a significant amount of the Wildcat formation. He played in 13 games and threw incompletions on all five passes he attempted.
White worked out for the San Francisco 49ers last week. The 49ers’ offense, led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, includes zone-read option concepts.