Free agent quarterback Pat White on Wednesday signed a contract with the Redskins, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.
White, the 44th-overall draft pick in 2009, has been out of football since that season, when he suffered a severe concussion against Pittsburgh on Jan. 3, 2010. The Redskins have given him an opportunity to restart his career after a hiatus to pursue professional baseball.
White, 27, is the product of a successful read-option offense at West Virginia University. He’ll enable the Redskins to practice their read-option concepts this offseason while Robert Griffin III rehabilitates his surgically reconstructed right knee. He played in 13 games in 2009 but did not complete any of his five passes.
White sued the NFL twice, most recently in November, claiming “permanent injuries” resulting from the concussion he suffered. However, both suits were dismissed this week, and White passed a physical by Redskins doctors. The NFL had no comment on the possibility of White resuming his career after alleging such claims.
The Redskins on Wednesday also agreed to re-sign backup quarterback Rex Grossman to a one-year deal. Kirk Cousins is entrenched as the team’s No. 2 quarterback.