Redskins sign QB White

Redskins sign QB White
April 4, 2013, 3:45 am
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Kirk Cousins happy to have Pat White on-board

Update: The Redskins have formally announced White's signing.

In 2008, the Redskins sent their second-round pick in the following year’s draft to the Dolphins in exchange for Jason Taylor. Miami used that pick to draft quarterback Pat White out of Miami.

Taylor played just one year for the Redskins and was a huge disappointment. White was a washout in Miami as he lasted just one year and never completed an NFL pass.

The Redskins failed with Taylor but they may try to get something out of White.

White met with Redskins team officials on Tuesday and after passing a physical he signed with the team on Wednesday, according to a league source.

White has not played in the NFL since that 2009 rookie season. He was a running, option-style quarterback before that style was popularized by, among others, Robert Griffin III. As noted, his next NFL pass completion will be his first.

It is unlikely that White will be guaranteed any money or a spot on the roster in the fall. But with Griffin sitting out OTA’s and some or all of training camp while he rehabs his knee, White will get an opportunity to get some work and, if he lasts long enough, some action in preseason games where he can show if he still has it.

For the Redskins, the benefit would be that they can work on their Pistol and read option offense while Griffin is rehabbing with someone who can more closely mimic his actions.

It is also possible that the Redskins will utilize White in a gadget role, perhaps on the field with Griffin or backup Kirk Cousins on offense. If White signs, we might find out a little more about that during OTA’s. It seems unlikely that he will be counted on as the third quarterback behind Griffin and Cousins due to his lack of proven NFL ability.

Back to the original trade that led to the Dolphins having the draft pick to take White, Taylor ended up going back to Dolphins. There would be some symmetry if White ended up with the Redskins.