The Redskins brought back E. J. Biggers yesterday, announcing a deal for the cornerback to return for his second year in Washington and his fifth in the NFL.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Biggers’ contact is worth $795,000 with a base of $730,000 and a signing bonus of $65,000. Under that structure, the contract qualifies under the minimum salary benefit and will cost only $635,000 against the cap.
The structure of the deal not only means that it counts relatively little against the cap, it means that Biggers will have to compete for a roster spot. The Redskins will not hesitate to take the $65,000 cap hit that will come if they release him before the start of the season.
Biggers played in all 16 games last year and started five. One of his starts was at safety in a season opener and that was a rough one. He missed four tackles and was generally lost in coverage. But he had never played safety before so perhaps that one was more on the coaches.
The rest of his starts and most of his 432 snaps were as an extra defensive back, a role he should step into this year, assuming he makes the team. Jay Gruden, speaking earlier this week before Biggers was signed, said that David Amerson and DeAngelo Hall are slated to be the starting cornerbacks and Tracy Porter will be the nickel.
That leaves at least one and possibly two more roster spots for cornerbacks. Biggers will have to compete with Richard Crawford, Chase Minnifield and perhaps another cornerback who arrives via the draft.