Andre Roberts, a slot receiver who spent his first four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, is set to join the Washington Redskins when the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Roberts, 26, caught 43 passes for 471 yards and two touchdowns in 2013, one year after he caught 64 passes for 759 yards and five touchdowns. He also served as a return specialist during parts of his first three seasons with the Cardinals, but was not asked to return kickoffs or punts in 2013.
The contract between Roberts and the Redskins cannot be finalized until Tuesday at 4 p.m., which marks the start of free agency. Washington was projected to enter the period approximately $18 million under the salary cap.
Roberts, a third-round draft pick out of The Citadel in 2010, will presumably replace Santana Moss as the Redskins‘ slot receiver. Moss, 34, one of the team’s all-time leading receivers, is also set to become a free agent on Tuesday and the Redskins have given no indication he will be brought back.
The Washington Post was the first to report Roberts‘ impending signing on Tuesday morning.