The Redskins signed receivers Devery Henderson and Donte Stallworth on Wednesday after their final minicamp practice, the team announced.
Stallworth tried out for the team this week, and coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday he hoped to sign the 10-year veteran. The acquisition of Henderson was not as expected.
Stallworth, 32, and Henderson, 31, are known for their speed. Current Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was the New Orleans Saints’ head coach when the Saints drafted Stallworth in 2002 and Henderson in 2004. On Wednesday morning, Haslett remarked about both players’ speed; as it turned out, that was more than a coincidence.
Henderson’s 22 receptions, 316 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown for New Orleans last season were his lowest totals in those categories since 2007.
The Redskins also signed second-year kicker John Potter. Potter was the Buffalo Bills’ kickoff specialist for six games last season. Thirteen of his 26 kickoffs (50 percent) were touchbacks. By comparison, incumbent Redskins kicker Kai Forbath had a touchback percentage of 24.2 (15 of 62).
Washington waived defensive end Doug Worthington (biceps) and tight end Deangelo Peterson (right foot) with injured designations.
The Redskins’ three player additions and two subtractions leave them with 91 players, which is over the 90-man roster limit. But because the Redskins submitted the three new player contracts to the league after 4 p.m. Wednesday, they have until 4 p.m. Thursday to clear the additional roster spot needed.