- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2008

Cornerbacks stress the importance of having a short memory to succeed through the position’s ups and downs.

That’s the case for Leigh Torrence, the leader of the pro-Obama force in the Washington Redskins‘ locker room. His exhilaration after his candidate’s election Tuesday turned into disappointment Saturday when he was released.

Torrence, 26, was cut to make room for DeAngelo Hall, the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback who signed Saturday, three days after being waived by the Oakland Raiders. Torrence couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Redskins opted to keep rookie receiver Malcolm Kelly, whose surgically repaired knee has limited him to brief appearances in two games, on the active roster. Washington also kept little-used fifth cornerback Justin Tryon and defensive end Rob Jackson instead of trying to slide one through waivers and onto the practice squad.

Torrence rose from long shot to make the roster in 2007 to reliable fourth cornerback and special-teams gunner this season. A sprinter at Stanford, Torrence raced to tip Kurt Warner’s pass into the hands of teammate Carlos Rogers to help seal a Sept. 21 victory against Arizona.

Three weeks later, Torrence was victimized by St. Louis rookie receiver Donnie Avery for a 43-yard completion, setting up a field goal that gave the previously winless Rams a victory. Although Torrence was a special teams mainstay with 11 tackles - tied for fourth on the team - he failed to down several punts inside the 10-yard line.

Coincidentally, Torrence broke into the NFL in 2005 as a backup to Hall with the Atlanta Falcons.

Even though Hall struggled in Oakland, his status as the No. 8 pick in the 2004 draft and his Pro Bowl selections the following two seasons make him a candidate to start if Carlos Rogers or Fred Smoot were injured or if Shawn Springs misses more time with his calf injury.

With 20 interceptions in five seasons, Hall is more of a ballhawk than the Redskins’ other corners. Springs has 31 interceptions in 12 years, Smoot has 21 in eight and Rogers, notorious for his bad hands, has five in four seasons.



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