Skins Sign LB Warrick Holdman

The Redskins made another under the rader move today that may end up providing a starter.

The Washington Redskins signed linebacker Warrick Holdman to a contract today. The terms of the deal with the 6-1, 235 Holdman, who played for the Cleveland Browns last year, were not yet available.

A scouting report on Holdman from our Browns team:
He looked to be one of the rising stars in the league through the first three years of his six-year career. However, Holdman suffered a knee injury early in the 2002 season and hasn't been the same since then. He is known as a good coverage linebacker who is good against the run but he's not as explosive as he once was in that area.
While Holdman, 29, primarily played on the outside for Cleveland and, for his five NFL seasons prior to that, for the Chicago Bears, the Redskins may decide to put him in the mix at the middle linebacker spot vacated when Antonio Pierce signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. Pierce was a converted outside linebacker as is Lemar Marshall, a holdover OLB who will be given a shot in the middle as well.

If the Redskins do indeed want to try him in at MLB, the signing of Holdman probably signals the end of Michael Barrow's Redskins career before it ever got started. Barrow, a free agent signee from the Giants, spent most of the 2004 season on the inactive list with a knee injury before being put on injured reserve. Cutting Barrow after June 1 will create about $1.4 million in cap space for the Redskins.

Although Holdman has been healthy in recent seasons, he's no stranger to losing time to knee injuries either. He missed six games in 2000 and 12 games in 2002 with knee injuries.

The Redskins made a couple of offers an in attempt to land Holdman last year when he left the Bears as a free agent, but he ended up signing a one-year deal with the Browns. Bio:

Pro Experience
Cleveland Browns (2004-present)
2004: Signed as a free agent with the Browns on April 16, 2004, with an eye towards competing at weakside linebacker.

Chicago Bears (1999-2003)
2003: Started thirteen games for the Bears, missing the other three due to a sprained ankle, and wound up with 79 tackles (58 solo)... Had 12 tackles in first game of the season against the 49ers... Injured his ankle in the fifth game of the season against the Raiders and missed the next three games... Recorded a post-injury high of nine tackles against the Packers in December.

2002: Ended the season with a knee injury suffered in the fifth game of the season,,, Recorded 26 tackles and a forced fumble in the games he played.

2001: Had his best season as a pro, totaling 145 tackles (101 solo) and three forced fumbles... Had 15 tackles (career high) against Tampa Bay... Made his first career interception against the Lions in December.

2000: Missed the final six games of the season due to a torn meniscus in his left knee, started all ten other games.... Made 87 tackles in the 10 games he played... Made 13 tackles against the Lions in September.

1999: Drafted in the fourth round by the Bears... Appeared in sixteen games, starting five, and making 75 tackles with two sacks and two forced fumbles... First NFL start came against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

College Experience
Texas A&M (1995-1998)
Three-year starter for the Aggies, playing mostly at strongside linebacker... Recorded 294 tackles, 17.5 sacks, and 7 forced fumbles during his college career... Named All-Big 12 and honorable mention for All-American after his senior season... Finished with 95 tackles his senior season and 81 his junior campaign... Moved into the starting role as a sophomore, and was second on the team with 73 tackles.

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