7 Redskins players you forgot about, and 8 you wish you could forget
7 Redskins players you forgot, and 8 Redskins you wish you could forget
From a few running backs that had excellent careers elsewhere, to a few free agent signing failures, here are seven Redskins you forgot and eight Redskins you wish you could forget.
Players you forgot played for the Redskins
Here are players that made a name for themselves elsewhere in the NFL, but sported the Burgundy and Gold at one point in their career.
1. Shaun Alexander
Alexander is best remembered for his days in Seattle, as it should be. The three-time Pro Bowler spent his first eight seasons in the Pacific Northwest, leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns twice, including an All-Pro selection in 2005 where he led the league with 1,880 rushing yards.
But many people forget that Alexander's career ended in the Burgundy and Gold, rather than the blue, green, and silver.
In 2008, the Redskins needed to fill the backup running back void early on in the season when Ladell Betts went down with an injury. The 'Skins signed Alexander, who had been a free agent since the past April when Seattle released him.
Alexander's time in Washington was short, as he was released in November after just 11 carries in four games.
2. Jason Taylor
Jason Taylor was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017 after a stellar 15-year NFL career.
Taylor was one of the best defensive ends during the 2000s while playing for the Dolphins, earning multiple Pro Bowl and All-Pro nods. He spent 13 seasons with Miami, and holds franchise records in sacks and forced fumbles.
But many forget that Taylor spent a lone season in the Burgundy and Gold.
Taylor appeared in 13 games for Washington in 2008, starting eight of them. He totaled just 3.5 sacks and returned to Miami again the following year.
3. Ki-Jana Carter
After a stellar junior season at Penn State in 1994, the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Carter No. 1 overall in 1995.
However, the running back tore his ACL on his third carry of the 1995 preseason and missed all of what was supposed to be his rookie year. Carter had solid seasons with the Bengals in 1996 and 1997, before injuries ended his 1998 and 1999 seasons prematurely.
After having three major injuries in five years, Carter was released by the Bengals and signed with Washington.
In his lone season with the Redskins, Carter rushed for 308 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. He didn't play in 2001, then went on to play two years with the Saints before retiring.
4. Trent Green
Many remember Trent Green as the longtime Chiefs quarterback or as the Rams starter before he got injured, paving the way for Kurt Warner.
But it's probably true that without Green's lone season as the Redskins starting quarterback in 1998, the opportunities in St. Louis and Kansas City would have never materialized.
Green was an eighth-round selection in the 1993 draft by the San Diego Chargers and saw no playing time his first season with the team. He then joined the British Columbia Lions of the CFL before signing with the Redskins, who gave him his first true shot at playing in the NFL.
Green started 14 games for the Redskins in 1998, throwing for 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. During the following offseason, he turned down the proposed Redskins contract for a more lucrative one with the Rams, and the rest is history.
5. Dave Robinson
Linebacker Dave Robinson was a star for Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers during the 1960s and early 1970s, and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013 largely because of his time in Titletown.
But Robinson spent the final two years of his 12-year, Hall of Fame career in Washington, playing for George Allen.
Robinson had an immediate impact in Washington, starting all 14 games in 1973 and intercepting four passes for the Redskins. He had similar success in 1974 before he decided to retire from football altogether.
6. David Akers
Many remember David Akers as one of the best kickers in the NFL during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Well, Akers actually made his debut with the Redskins, where he only played one game. He went 0-2 on field goals and was waived during the offseason.
After one year in NFL Europe, Akers starred for the Eagles, making five Pro Bowls and two first-team All-Pro selections during his time in Philly.
7. Willie Parker
Signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2004, Parker worked his way up the depth chart and became the starter in 2005. He spent six seasons with Pittsburgh, making two Pro Bowls and left the franchise as the team's third-leading rusher in franchise history.
After losing carries in 2009, Parker signed with the Redskins in April 2010, expecting to compete with Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson for snaps.
Parker's tenure with Washington did not make it to the regular season, as he was released during final roster cuts in September.
8 players you want to forget played for the Redskins
Between bad contracts and underperforming play, here are players you wish you forgot played for the Redskins.
1. Albert Haynesworth
When Redskins fans think of the No. 1 player they want to forget, Albert Haynesworth usually comes to mind.
After seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans, where Haynesworth established himself as one of the best interior linemen in the NFL, the Redskins offered a seven-year, $100 million contract with $41 million guaranteed.
From the beginning, the marriage just did not work. Haynesworth did not fit into Washington's 3-4 defensive scheme, and had significant issues with both the coaching staff and his physical condition. After two seasons with the club, where Haynesworth only played in 20 of the 32 games, the Redskins released him.
He never returned to the player he was in Tennessee.
2. Adam Archuleta
When the Redskins signed Adam Archuleta to a six-year contract that made him the highest paid safety in the NFL at the time, nobody would've thought he would end up on a list like this.
Although Archuleta succeeded on special teams, he struggled to defend opponents' aerial attack and was benched midway through the season at safety.
After verbally admitting he was frustrated by his usage, Archuleta was traded to the Bears after just one season in Washington. His tenure in Chicago did not last very long either, as he was out of football just two years after signing that six-year contract.
3. Devin Thomas
Entering the 2008 NFL Draft, the Redskins needed help at the receiver position.
Washington had high hopes for the former Michigan State wide receiver when they drafted Thomas in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, one of two receivers the Redskins would take in the second round, the other will be mentioned later on.
Thomas was a contributor on special teams for the Redskins, but never really found a role in the offense. In his two and a half seasons with Washington, Thomas totaled 40 receptions for 445 yards and three touchdowns.
He was released five weeks into the 2010 season. Thomas had stints with the Giants, Bears, and Panthers, but never really latched on to any team.
4. Malcolm Kelly
Malcolm Kelly was the other wide receiver the Redskins drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Like Thomas, Kelly was never really able to become a productive receiver for the Redskins.
Kelly's full potential was never truly seen due to various injuries he sustained. During his rookie year, Kelly only appeared in five games, catching three passes for 18 yards.
He appeared in all 16 games in his second season, starting 10 of them, but was never really able to get settled in. Kelly caught 25 passes for 341 yards but failed to score even one touchdown.
After missing the entirety of the 2010 season with a knee injury, Kelly was released in 2011 and never played in the NFL again.
5. Jeremiah Trotter
Trotter is best known for his time with another NFC East team, where he made four total Pro Bowls during two different stints as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
But many forget he briefly left the Eagles in 2002 at the conclusion of his rookie contract, where he signed a seven-year deal with Washington. Trotter spent two years anchoring the Redskins defense, but Washington did not feel that his production matched his contract.
He was released after his second season in Washington and re-signed with Philadelphia, where he put up the best numbers of his career. In his first season back in Philadelphia, Trotter was a vital part of the Eagles defense that made a Super Bowl.
6. Deion Sanders
Arguably the greatest cornerback of all-time had a stint with the Burgundy and Gold.
Sanders spent the first 11 seasons of his Hall of Fame career almost evenly split between Atlanta and Dallas, with one year in San Francisco between the two. After five seasons with Dallas, the Cowboys released Sanders in June of 2000. 'Prime Time,' who was 32 and lost a step of his game-changing speed, decided to sign with Washington, signing a large seven-year, $56 million contract.
Sanders played well during his first season in Washington, but then abruptly retired with six years remaining on his contract. All Washington got out of Sanders was one year.
7. Jeff George
George was a journeyman quarterback in the NFL, but very few remember that he concluded his career with the 'Skins.
After being drafted by the Colts, George had stints with the Falcons, Raiders, and Vikings before signing in Washington.
His time in Washington brought much more low moments than highs. He played in just seven games for the Redskins during the course of two seasons, coming out victorious in just one of them.
George spent time on other active NFL rosters post his tenure in D.C. but never attempted another pass in the NFL once released by the Redskins.
8. Rex Grossman
After six seasons in Chicago, which included a Super Bowl appearance in his only full season as a starter, and one season in Houston, the Redskins signed Grossman to a one-year deal in 2010. Initially backing up Donovan McNabb, Grossman made his first appearance in October of 2010. His first snap resulted in a fumble that was recovered by the Lions and returned for a touchdown, somewhat symbolic for his time in Washington.
Grossman won the starting job in 2011 over John Beck, and the Redskins opened up with a 3-1 record. Then, they only managed to win two of their next 12 games. In the ensuing NFL Draft, the Redskins selected quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. Grossman stuck around with the team for two more seasons but never threw a pass in the NFL again.