Washington Redskins sign CB Chris Culliver

I thought Culliver was one of the underrated players in free agency and would be a good value signing. He was just a 3rd round pick of the 49ers in 2011, but he’s quietly one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. He had a significant role from the word go in 2011, playing 425 snaps and then 691 in 2012, grading out above average in both seasons, including 29th at his position in 2012. He’s graded out above average in all 3 seasons he’s been healthy, missing all of 2013 with a torn ACL. However, he bounced back in a big way from that torn ACL in 2014 in his first full season as a starter, making 14 starts and grading out 14th at his position. On top of that, that 2013 ACL tear is really the only issue he’s had with injuries, missing a combined 2 games in his other 3 seasons as a pro.

Apparently his talent was not a secret around the league and he managed to sign a 4-year, 32 million dollar deal with the Redskins with 16 million guaranteed. It’s a lot more than I expected and it’s not a great value or anything, but I don’t think it’s a bad deal either, especially since the Redskins needed cornerback help more than many any team in the NFL. Culliver has shown well in every season he’s been healthy in the league. He doesn’t have much of an injury history outside that torn ACL, though it’s obviously concerning that he has that on his resume. He’s also gotten better every season he’s been healthy in the league, which suggests that he’s an ascending player, especially only going into his age 27 season. This deal isn’t bad.

Grade: B-




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