The Redskins have reportedly traded Archuleta to Chicago for a low-round draft choice, according to multiple sources. It's believed to be a sixth-round pick. Archuleta was due a $5 million bonus as of Wednesday, but the Redskins did not want to pay it out if they could trade him. They were comfortable bringing him back, according to team sources.
Chicago redid his deal and will now pay him $8.1 million over three years.
But it was also clear that Archuleta would be better off elsewhere. He'll be reunited with Bears coach Lovie Smith, who coached him in St. Louis. Chicago was interested in signing him last year, but backed off once they knew Washington was involved, not wanting to get into a bidding war.
Archuleta's departure would close the book on one of the worst signings by the Redskins. He started only seven games and worked exclusively on the scout team after Nov. 5. Had Pierson Prioleau not gotten hurt on the opening kickoff of the season opener, Archuleta might never have started any games.
The Bears view him as an in-the-box safety, which is how the Redskins said they planned to use him as well. For whatever reason, that did not develop.
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