- The Washington Times - Monday, April 3, 2006

The Washington Redskins filled one of their two biggest holes in the lineup yesterday by signing cornerback Kenny Wright and bolstered an increasingly deep defensive line by re-signing Demetric Evans.

Wright, 28, played his first three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he started 26 games, the next two with the Houston Texans and last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wright wasn’t even on the Jaguars’ training camp roster, but he beat out veteran Terry Cousin and young players David Richardson, Scott Starks and Chris Roberson and started every game for the AFC wild-card qualifier.

Wright is believed to have signed a one-year deal with the Redskins.

Veteran Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers, the Redskins’ first-round draft pick in 2005, are set as the starting corners. Wright is likely to inherit the third spot from Walt Harris, who was cut last month.

Special-teamer Ade Jimoh and unproven Christian Morton and Dimitri Patterson are the only other Redskins corners with NFL experience.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Wright is better known for his toughness and smarts than his man-to-man coverage skills, but he was athletic enough to rank eighth in the nation in the long jump as a senior at Ruston (La.) High.

Evans, 27, has been a surprise during his two seasons under defensive line coach Greg Blache and assistant head coach/defense Gregg Williams.

The 6-3, 285-pound Evans was signed out of NFL Europe in 2004 and started seven games in place of injured right end Phillip Daniels. He recorded 26 tackles and 21/2 sacks that season for the NFL’s No. 3 defense.

Evans started three games last season in place of injured left tackle Cornelius Griffin and made 22 tackles with three sacks. He added another sack in the playoff victory at Tampa Bay and started the next week at Seattle in place of injured left end Renaldo Wynn.

Evans visited the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and Texans but opted to sign a three-year deal with the Redskins even though the acquisition of end Andre Carter likely will cut into his playing time.

“I’m glad I had the chance to look around, but I like the direction this team is heading, and I’m comfortable here,” Evans said. “I know the system. I know the coaches. I know my teammates. Hopefully with the way we’ll rotate guys, there’ll be enough time for everybody.”

The Redskins’ biggest need now is a replacement for starting linebacker LaVar Arrington, who was granted his release last month after two years of strife with the organization.


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