Another Skins Signing & FA Updates

The Redskins signed a wide receiver Monday--and they won't have to wait a week to find out if they get to keep him. This time it's Patrick Johnson, a 5-foot-10, 191-pound wideout who played for Jacksonville last season, doing little. But the Redskins like his speed (he was an All-American sprinter in the 100 and 200 meters in college). But wait there is more, read on...

Meanwhile, the Jets are now on the clock with Laveranues Coles, whom the Redskins signed to the monstrous offer sheet on Monday. There will be pressure in New York for the Jets to match the offer, which includes a $13-million bonus to the play-making wideout.

As for Johnson, he caught 58  passes in four seasons with Baltimore before signing with Jacksonville. He failed to do much, catching just nine passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns.

Here, he'll likely be a fourth or fifth wideout. More importantly, he said, he'll be in an offense that fits his talent. The Jaguars and Ravens wanted possession-oriented receivers. That's not him.

''I'm quick, I'm fast and I make big plays,'' he said. ''I wanted to be here. This was a no-brainer fit. Clearly there's an opportunity to come in and catch some balls. As much as they throw the ball, I have a chance. They like guys my size who can run.

''I've made a lot of big plays. I just want to prove to the organization that I am who I say I am.''

Johnson is good friends with Redskins corner Rashad Bauman. And Johnson knows his history. When talking about the Redskins receiving corps, he said, ''Maybe we can be like the Redskins receivers in the old days. They weren't big guys either, were they? Nope.''





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