The Washington Redskins struck fast, last night Chris Culliver was on the way to DC for a free agent visit. This morning, he’s the newest member of the Washington Redskins. The 26 year old corner should add a much needed boost to a struggling secondary, giving Washington another physical young corner opposite Brashaud Breeland.
Culliver has had some bad moments off the field during his short career, something that could be a worry if he reverts back to those ways. On the field, the young man is one of the better young corners in the league. While he may not get the publicity, he’s was a key cog on a defense that led the league in interceptions last season and finished in the top 10 overall.
With Tramaine Brock injured for much of the season, Culliver went from the number two corner to the number one. Perrish Cox received much of the pub early in the season, but Culliver was often guarding the opposing team’s toughest receiver.
Not only did he play well, but he flourished as “that” guy on an otherwise unknown secondary. He finished the season with four interceptions, prior to last year he had just three in his career. During the last seven games of the year, when the 49ers were trying to make the playoffs, Culliver was outstanding. Opposing passers completed just 16 of the 38 passes thrown his way for just 192 yards with just a 45 rating.
His best football could definitely still be ahead of him, if he’s able to continue to be mature regarding off the field behavior, Washington got an outstanding young duo at corner in Culliver and Breeland.
Money, Culliver got a four year deal worth $32 million. In terms of the guaranteed money, he’ll be getting a $5 million signing bonus and $16million guaranteed per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. The yearly break down is friendly to the team in the first year as his base pay will be just $3 million this season due to that signing bonus. Which still gives McCloughan room to work, possibly another former target on the horizon? Keep your eyes on former Buccaneer safety Dashon Goldson.