The Washington Times - March 20, 2013, 12:19PM

PHOENIX | The Redskins on Wednesday agreed to terms with free agent cornerback E.J. Biggers, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because the team has not finalized the signing.

Biggers is the first free agent the Redskins have acquired to help fill their significant need at the cornerback position. Their lack of salary cap space prevented them from seriously contending to sign a top tier cornerback during the first week of free agency, several league sources said. Washington released No. 1 cornerback DeAngelo Hall on March 11 to save $8 million in cap space.


Raheem Morris, Washington’s defensive backs coach, was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they drafted Biggers in the seventh round in 2009. The Redskins know Biggers’ speed to be one of his greatest assets.

Biggers, who turns 26 in June, had an interception, two forced fumbles and 41 solo tackles last season. He started 12 of the 13 games in which he played. A foot injury sidelined him for the first three games.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday morning the Redskins expected to sign a free agent defensive back they have “targeted.” He spoke to media at the NFC coaches’ breakfast at the league’s annual meetings here.

Shanahan did not rule out the possibility of re-signing Hall.

“There’s a lot of possibilities,” he said. “I’m not going to go through all our scenarios for obvious reasons, but we’re going to do what we think gives us the best chance to win, and a lot of that has to do with the cap and where we’re at and trying to put our best football team together.”

Shanahan also would not share the team’s intentions for the safety positions, but he is optimistic about strong safety Brandon Meriweather’s recovery from left knee ACL reconstruction surgery.

“Brandon is working extremely hard in the weight room with the trainers,” Shanahan said. “I see him every day over there doing the little things necessary to give him a chance to be ready for the season. When he did play, he played exceptionally well. He looked like a Pro Bowl player out there. Can he come in at 100 percent? I don’t know. The main thing is to have him ready for the season.”