Leigh Torrence was signed by the Redskins yesterday, four years after the cornerback left the Redskins to go and ultimately win a Lombardi with the New Orleans Saints. While the move didn’t exactly set Redskins Nation on its ear, it is the third signing in two days that was made to shore up some depth, and that made good football sense.
Torrence won’t likely challenge DeAngelo Hall or Josh Wilson for playing time, but he is a capable back-up, can play nickel, and is an excellent special teams player. He is also a respected veteran in the locker room – something that this now youthful roster can use a little bit of. There are currently more than 35 players under contract with the Redskins, that have less than four years of NFL experience.
Torrence himself seemed genuinely happy to be returning to Washington:
… and equally mindful of his experience with the Saints:
Torrence originally joined the Redskins in 2006 after spending the 2005 season – his rookie season – with the Atlanta Falcons. While he did not play at all in 2006, he saw action in all 16 contests in 2007 – stating one game. He was released in 2008 after nine games, and picked up by the Saints. He played in 13 games in each of the last two seasons, and registered New Orleans’.
For his career, Torrence has played in 73 games, and registered 130 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two interceptions.
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