A few weeks ago, Andre Roberts was working his way back from a knee injury, hoping he’d get an opportunity to compete for a job in Washington this offseason.
Then the Redskins drafted a wide receiver in the first round.
And with TCU’s Josh Doctson in the fold, Roberts suspected his days numbered.
“When we signed the first rounder in Doctson, you kind of could see where this was all heading, but I’m always prepared for anything,” Roberts told ESPN 980 on Wednesday, a day after he was released.
Roberts also said he did not regret signing in Washington as a free agent in 2014. If you recall, he agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal and expected to be the Redskins’ No. 2 wide receiver. That, however, all changed a few weeks later when DeSean Jackson fell into the team’s lap.
“No regrets; obviously I did sign before DeSean signed,” said Roberts, who struggled with drops and consistency during his tenure. “But nobody is dealt a perfect hand. If DeSean didn’t sign, we may have drafted a first rounder [in 2015]. You just never know what’s going to happen. You never know who is going to be available. I definitely wouldn’t take it back. Obviously, I wish things would have happened differently, but it’s all experience and I think it help me in this transaction and the next.”
Roberts acknowledged that he’s been cleared medically from the season-ending knee surgery he had last December. And, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 28-year-old is visiting the Bills over the next 48 hours and has two more visits lined up.
“Whatever they would want me to do, I would be able to do 100-percent,” Roberts said. “I’ve been working pretty hard here for a few weeks with the trainers. I’ve been passed physically. So I’m ready to go.”
After enduring a 4-12 season in 2014 and then reaching playoffs a year later, Roberts said he expects to Redskins to continue to build on last year’s success.
“Well, I think the Redskins are definitely moving in the right direction, just based on what we accomplished last year and what talent level they have this year going into the season and the mindset that they have, it looks like it’s going to be pretty good," Roberts said. "I would have loved to be a part of that, but I won’t be. I think that they’re on the up and up.”