He started all but two games since New York drafted him in the fourth round five years ago. But when it came time for a new contract, Washington made a better commitment.
Cofield has buried any bitterness about his former employer.
“I tried to focus more on the excitement of coming to Washington,” he said. “The only thing I miss in New York are my friends, the relationships that I built. As far as the football aspect of it … I look forward to playing those guys, and I hope we beat those guys.
“After the game I’ll hug everybody. Everybody on the roster gets a hug.”
He wants to be the one smiling, though. He has been part of this rivalry long enough to know what a win would signify for his new team.
“We’re looking to start a new era in Redskins football,” he said.