- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 14, 2008


J.T. Tryon, the fourth-round pick of the Washington Redskins in April’s draft, signed a three-year deal Friday that included a $429,000 bonus.

On draft day, Tryon said he didn’t care that Washington already had proven veterans Shawn Springs, Fred Smoot and Carlos Rogers at cornerback.

“It really don’t matter,” Tryon said. “That’s my spot to take.”

Redskins executive vice president Vinny Cerrato likes that attitude.

“He’s quick, aggressive and confident, which is a good thing for a corner,” Cerrato said.

Tryon, 24, started the past two seasons at Arizona State after starring the previous two years at the College of the Canyons (Calif.). He will compete with holdover Leigh Torrence for the fourth and fifth cornerback spots once Rogers is fully recovered from knee surgery and joins Springs and Smoot as the top three corners.

The Palmdale, Calif., native was the second of Washington’s 10 draft picks to sign in less than 24 hours, following seventh-round safety Chris Horton of UCLA. The Redskins made room for Tryon on their 80-man roster of players under contract by waiving safety Patrick Ghee, formerly of Wake Forest.



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