Ronald Darby To Sign With Redskins

The Redskins and veteran cornerback Ronald Darby are in agreement on a one-year, $4MM deal, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Darby has spent the last three seasons with the division-rival Eagles, though all three of those seasons have been marred to some degree by injury. He played in only eight games in 2017, nine in 2018, and 11 in 2019. The 2018 season was cut short by an ACL tear, but he was at least playing at an above-average level prior to the injury. The same cannot be said for his 2019 effort, as Darby never seemed to get into a rhythm even when he was on the field.

Indeed, despite the league-wide need for corners, we had not heard of any interest in Darby before he agreed to terms with Washington. He will, however, have a good opportunity to rebuild his value in 2020. The ‘Skins signed fellow CB Kendall Fuller to a lucrative free agent pact earlier this month, but aside from the middling Fabian Moreau, there is not much depth behind Fuller.

A 2015 second-round pick of the Bills, Darby quickly established himself as a starting-caliber CB in Buffalo before being traded to Philadelphia in exchange for a third-round pick and wide receiver Jordan Matthews. He generated a fair amount of free agent interest last offseason before agreeing to return to Philadelphia on a one-year, $8.5MM pact. He will now help to fill the void left by Quinton Dunbar, whom Washington recently traded to Seattle.

In his career, the Florida State product has started 56 of a possible 57 games and has picked off eight passes. He also captured a Super Bowl ring in his first season with the Eagles.

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15 comments on “Ronald Darby To Sign With Redskins

  1. bumpy93

    we’ll look for the eagles and Wentz to use slot double moves and pump fakes when they face the Redskins this season

    • kylewait89

      What WR is getting free for them? Jeffrey is slow, Jackson can only run in a straight line and…oh right they don’t have another guy. Zach Ertz is literally their best receiver.

      Darby, Fuller, and Moreau is actually a good defensive backfield along with Apke and Collins. If the Eagles aren’t careful with their offense, they run a risk of being last this coming season.

      • jk2me1310

        You were doing so well until you listed Troy Apke as both good and someone in the mix for playing time.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    I’m sure Darby was attracted to the Redskins because his birth place of Oxon Hill is only about a 20 minute drive from Fedex Field.

  3. Blackjackscout

    Congratulations Washington. You now have a guy that gets beat deep on every double move.

  4. Walt1

    First year Darby played well. After injuries, he wasn’t the same guy.
    Oh and BTW, we have another corner you may like. Sidney Jones. Makes a big play or two and the rest of the time he’s trailing a WR down the field.

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