One of the biggest concerns for the Redskins this offeason was landing a second viable wideout to line up across from Pierre Garcon. They've done that, agreeing to a deal with Andre Roberts, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.
La Canfora reported Monday that Roberts, who played for the Cardinals the last four years, would generate interest from the Redskins and Browns could be interested. Mike Jones of the Washington Post first reported the Redskins closed the deal.
Free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday but Roberts and Washington have agreed to a four-year deal with the following terms.
Andre Roberts's deal with Skins will end up 4yrs around $16M, with half of that guaranteed. Very nice haul for him— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 11, 2014
Roberts had a down year in 2013 after shifting out of the starting lineup behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. He still managed to catch 43 passes for 471 yards and a pair of touchdowns, though.
Without a first-round pick in the draft, this offseason was going to be difficult for the Redskins. Robert Griffin III should be happy they found a value wideout to help boost the offense.
Roberts is a smaller, shiftier receiver, so it's not like Washington's investing in a future No. 1 or anything here. They have a smallish receiving corps as well. (Garcon is 6-0) But help is help and if Washington's being prudent with their cash in free agency, that's a good thing.