Ever since the Cleveland Browns released SS Donte Whitner at the beginning of April, he’s been searching for a new home. He felt the organization did him a disservice by releasing him after the hot period of free agency had already concluded, and he appears to have been right, considering that he wasn’t on an NFL roster all offseason and several weeks into the regular season. Due to injuries, though, he’s back.
The Washington Redskins signed Whitner after having lost both of their starting safeties — DeAngelo Hall and David Bruton — to injuries over the past two games.
Some Redskins fans, like the one below from over at Hogs Haven, need to adjust their expectations when it comes to Whitner’s tackling abilities, though:
“The dude can hit! Shouldn’t see many missed tackles from him, like we are used to seeing from Bruton.”
Also, catching up on some other former player news, you’ll recall that the Patriots signed DE John Hughes back on September 27th. I just assumed he was still on the roster. In doing research for this week’s Browns-Patriots game, I saw that the team had released him two days later, before he could even play a snap for the club. He wasn’t homeless for long, though: earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed the veteran defensive lineman:
New Bucs DT John Hughes was drafted by Browns in 2012 when John Spytek was in Cleveland. 109 tackles, 5.5 sacks in four seasons.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 3, 2016