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Golston glad to be back with Redskins

The Sports Xchange

--Defensive end Kedric Golston agreed to remain a Redskin on April 9. Golston's return leaves Pro Bowl inside linebacker London Fletcher, Tim Hightower, the starting running back until he tore his right ACL in Week 7 in 2011, and perhaps inside linebacker Keyaron Fox and cornerback Byron Westbrook, both reserves, as free agents who could yet be retained.

"I needed to take some time to look at other options, but I always wanted to be back," said Golston, who has been in Washington as long as anyone on the Redskins' defense. "I was having a good year last year until I got hurt and I'm excited about what we can do this year."

A sixth-round selection from Georgia in the 2006 draft, the 6-4, 310-pound Golston has had an interesting career with Washington, starting in the even years (2006, 2008 and 2010) and being a backup in the odd ones (2007, 2009 and 2011). He was the third end behind Adam Carriker and Stephen Bowen last year before tearing his left MCL in Week 10 and missing the rest of the season. However, Golston, who'll be 29 next month, didn't need surgery and should be ready when offseason conditioning begins on Monday (April 16) at Redskin Park. With 2011 second-rounder Jarvis Jenkins expected to compete for playing time with the starters, Golston figures to be the fourth end this season and could also be a backup at the nose.

"I've never been afraid of competition," said Golston, who signed a one-year contract.

--Madieu Williams played at DuVal High School less than eight miles from FedEx Field and then at the University of Maryland which is only four miles further from the home of the Redskins. So it was natural for the 30-year-old safety to finally return home when he signed with the Redskins on April 10.

Williams, whom Cincinnati drafted in the second round in 2004, was a regular for the Bengals as a rookie and in 2006 and 2007 before becoming a starter for Minnesota from 2008-10. A backup for NFC West champion San Francisco in 2011, the 6-1, 203-pound Williams will have an opportunity to be a regular again for Washington, which cut last year's starting free safety, Oshiomogho Atgowe, and lost strong safety LaRon Landry to the New York Jets. Free-agent pickups Brandon Meriweather and Cedric Griffin (who might fit at cornerback) and holdovers Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes and Kevin Barnes, usually a corner, could all vie for time at safety along with Williams, the 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year.

On the same day that Williams came aboard, the Redskins brought back cornerback Leigh Torrence, who had been a backup for them from 2006-08 before signing with New Orleans. Torrence, 30, who broke in with Atlanta in 2005, will compete with Barnes, Griffin and 2011 seventh-rounder Brandyn Thompson for playing time behind starters DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson. Byron Westbrook, a reserve corner last year, remains unsigned as does Phillip Buchanon, who's not expected to return.

--The Redskins signed former Tampa Bay offensive tackle James Lee on April 9 as depth behind starting right tackle Jammal Brown. The 26-year-old Lee was a three-year starter at South Carolina State. He was signed by Cleveland after being bypassed in the 2008 draft. After being cut by the Browns, the 6-4, 305-pound Lee caught on with Tampa Bay. He started nine games at right tackle in 2010 as the Bucs went 10-6 while ranking third in the NFC with an average of 125.1 rushing yards. Lee got into just three games with one start last year.

"I kind of expected it. I've been around this business for five years. I know how things work. I've been the guy that a team drafts high. If things aren't working, a team is going to constantly look for a guy who'll make things work. This last season was a tough season for all of us. There were a lot of expectations and it didn't go one bit the way that any of us thought it would back in training camp. I've heard nothing but good things about (Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck). When you have two (potential rookie) quarterbacks like that, teams that had a rough go are going to want them. That's the way it goes. RGIII is supposed to be one of the most phenomenal athletes to play the quarterback position in the last decade so I'm sure that Redskins Nation is probably extremely excited for the opportunity to have that guy." -- Current Redskins backup QB John Beck on the probability of Washington drafting Robert Griffin III second overall.

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