Reporting Grant Paulsen
Phillip Buchanon is apparently returning to the Redskins.
The 30-year-old, 10th-year cornerback took to twitter to announce that he had re-signed with the Redskins on Monday afternoon.
“Redskins. DC I’m on my way…” he tweeted moments after promising fans he’d update them on his negotiations with potential new employers. “#HTTR.. #NFL.. #LetsGo,” he added in hash-tag form.
If his self-broken news is accurate, he’ll be re-joining his teammates on the practice field later this week.
Buchanon’s first season in Washington was a success in 2010. He played in all 16 of the Redskins games while logging five starts and leading the team in passes defended. His 18 pass breakups were two more than DeAngelo Hall managed and six more than Carlos Rogers contributed.
A former standout at the University of Miami, Buchanon has always been considered a threat to get his hands on the football. He forced two fumbles and intercepted two passes last season, once returning an interception 43-yards.
But his initial season in Washington didn’t come without setbacks. He was benched by defensive backs coach Bob Slowik for missing a goal-line tackle in a late-season game against the New York Giants.
Having played for three teams in the last three seasons and four teams since 2006, it looked like Buchanon could be headed elsewhere. The former 17th-overall pick has spent the past several days seeking interest from various teams around the NFL, tweeting throughout his free agency process to update fans on which teams he was negotiation with.
In the end, though, Buchanon opted to return to Washington — where he’ll play alongside Hall and newly-signed cornerback Josh Wilson. A former Baltimore Raven, Wilson got starting-caliber money to come to Washington, but that isn’t to say that Buchanon won’t have an opportunity to compete for a role bigger than the one he had last season.
In a pass-first conference that was won last year by a team that chucked the ball around like a pick-up team at your local park, Washington needed to boost it’s depth in coverage.
Adding a third quality cornerback was essential for Washington, who play four divisional games a year against the pass-happy Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.