LB Posey Signs With Redskins

When the calls trickled in, Jeff Posey narrowed his list down to one team: the Redskins. Tuesday, a few days after he settled on Washington, he finally signed a contract.

Posey replaces Chris Clemons, who was cut Tuesday -- one day after learning he'd miss four to six weeks with a sprained knee.

Posey gives the Redskins something Clemons could not: a veteran backup at linebacker, both inside and outside. Posey will also rush as an end; he has 20.5 career sacks.

New Orleans and the Jets also were interested, but Posey wanted to reunite with Gregg Williams. He played for Williams one season in both Houston and Buffalo.

He likes playing in Williams' defense because of the attacking nature.

''You get to blitz,'' he said. ''You can come from anywhere. It was a lot of fun.''

Redskins secondary/corners coach Jerry Gray also coached Posey in Buffalo.

''He reminds me a lot of Marcus Washington,'' Gray said. ''He may not make as many plays. But we'll give him the chance to rush the passer. He'll bring a lot of pressure for us.''

Redskins safety Pierson Prioleau played three seasons with Posey in Buffalo and two more in San Francisco.

''He's very solid,'' Prioleau said. ''He's smart and he goes where he's supposed to be. He's a big strong guy who can rush the passer and he'll shut the door in the running game.''

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