- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2014

After failing to address their biggest defensive needs during the first two days of the free agency period, the Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with a cornerback who could fill in as a potential starter and an inside linebacker, while also signing a rotational defensive end.

Tracy Porter, a cornerback who spent last season with the Oakland Raiders, agreed to the terms of a contract with the Redskins on Thursday, according to NFL Network. The Redskins also have an agreement with inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton, formerly of the Houston Texans, and announced they have signed former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Clifton Geathers.

The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Porter started all 16 games for the Raiders last season, marking the first time in his six-year career he’s played in every game. He had 67 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and intercepted two passes, and his versatility will allow him to fill in either as the Redskins‘ starting cornerback opposite DeAngelo Hall or to take on the responsibility of covering a slot receiver.

Porter spent 2012 with the Denver Broncos, but played in only six games as he struggled to recover from a seizure he had during training camp. Prior to signing with the Broncos, Porter played his first four seasons for the New Orleans Saints, and his 74-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 helped the Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts.

Sharpton, entering his fifth season, started eight games for the Texans last season and had 87 tackles and forced one fumble after filling in for the injured Brian Cushing. The 5-foot-11, 236-pounder has battled a series of injuries throughout his career, including a torn right quadriceps sustained midway through the 2011 season and an unspecified hip injury that kept him on the physically-unable-to-perform list for the first nine games in 2012.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) gets tackled by Houston Texans inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton (51) before an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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A fourth-round pick out of Miami in 2010, Sharpton signed a one-year deal worth up to $2 million, according a person familiar with the matter. The deal was first reported by ProFootballTalk.

Geathers, also entering his fifth season, will be playing for his sixth team after appearing in all 16 games in 2013 for the Eagles. A sixth-round pick out of South Carolina in 2010, the 6-foot-8, 340-pound Geathers will add depth to a defensive line that will begin training camp down a man with Stephen Bowen still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

He is the nephew of Jumpy Gaithers, a defensive tackle who played for the Redskins from 1990 through 1992 and was on the team that won Super Bowl XXVI.

The Redskins‘ only other defensive free agent signing since Tuesday was inside linebacker Adam Hayward, who was also brought in because of his special teams experience.