Redskins sign veteran corner Greg Toler

The Washington Redskins are looking to sure up their weakest link on defense, the secondary. After the free agency rush, Scot McCloughan has brought in a veteran corner.

The Washington Redskins have a lot of questions about experience at the safety position, but Scot McCloughan made a move Wednesday afternoon by signing Greg Toler to a one-year deal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the one-year deal that is likely at or near the veteran's minimum.

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Toler, 31, is a DC native and attended Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, eight miles away from FedEx Field in Landover.

The veteran corner is entering his eighth year in the league after starting in Arizona as a fourth round draft pick before spending the last three years in Indianapolis. Redskins outside linebacker coach Greg Manusky spent time with the Colts as Toler's defensive coordinator.

Toler has recorded 272 tackles, 51 pass defensed, eight interceptions (three returned for scores), and four forced fumbles in his 72 game career and is coming off of a year where he started all ten games he played in primarily in the slot.

It would be plausible that Will Blackmon will be given more of an opportunity to take reps at safety with Toler's presence with the corners.

Toler's signing means nearly nothing on the Redskins draft plans in two weeks as he is considered a stopgap between the future given his age. If given the opportunity to grab a corner at the top of McCloughan's board, whether it be in the first round with Mackensie Alexander or in later rounds to build the team's core, then Toler's presence will have little effect on pulling the trigger.

The team confirmed an agreement with Toler early Wednesday evening. Toler, the team's fifth new free agent acquisition this year, will join the likes of Bashaud BreelandChris Culliver, and Quinton Dunbar in the Redskins depth chart.

 

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