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Thus far in free agency, arguably the biggest acquisition the Redskins have made was reuniting with versatile cornerback Kendall Fuller, signing the veteran to a four-year, $40 million deal.

Fuller, a third-round draft choice of Washington in 2016, spent the first two seasons of his career with the Redskins before the team famously shipped him off to Kansas City in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith. Two years later, it has come full circle for the cornerback.

While the past two seasons in Redskins Park have felt like decades, Fuller enjoyed plenty of success in Kansas City. Playing both in the slot and on the outside, Fuller was a solid contributor on the Chiefs teams that hoisted the Lombardi Trophy this past February and came just a few plays away from the Super Bowl the year before.

With big-game experience and playing alongside All-Pro's such as Tyrann Mathieu and Chris Jones, Fuller returns to the Redskins with a ton of valuable experience.

"I think I've grown a lot," Fuller said on Redskins Nation. "Even just from a standpoint mentally. Getting more reps, getting more experience, getting to play in big games in the playoffs and the Super Bowl." 

Despite leaving the Chiefs, the cornerback remained extremely positive when discussing his two seasons in Kansas City.

"It's definitely been fun," Fuller said. "The experiences I had out there, the players, the coaches I've been around, just how much my game has grown. Things like that. Those experiences were definitely second to none, and I was definitely grateful and excited for those."

 

By coming back to Washington, Fuller returns to a situation he's already familiar with, and many people in the building are familiar with him. Sure, there is a new coaching staff in charge, but multiple members of the front office were in Washington when the organization drafted Fuller four years ago.

That familiarity is something that the cornerback is certainly excited about when returning to the nation's capital.

"I feel good. I'm excited," Fuller said on returning to D.C. "I think one thing I'm excited about most is going back somewhere that's familiar with you. I think the coaches will become more familiar with me, but having guys in the front office familiar with you, what I [do] best and my style of play. I love my versatility and the things I can do on the field. It's going to be fun."

Fuller's signing with the Redskins is the second major defensive acquisition the team has made in as many years. Washington inked safety Landon Collins so lucrative six-year deal last March. 

Since arriving in Washington, Collins has emerged as one of the leaders of the team. Now entering his fifth year, Fuller has the opportunity to do the exact same.

"I'm going into my fifth year in the league, but I'm only 25," Fuller said. "So it feels like I'm a vet, but also still young. I'm definitely looking forward to helping the young guys and at the same time, learning things from guys like Landon [Collins]. Even some of the young guys, you learn things from them."

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