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Redskins sign Macho Harris to address safety depth needs

November 23, 2010 - 04:40 PM
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Macho Harris appeared in 15 games as a rookie in Philadelphia, starting eight of them and recording 41 tackles. (Photo: Associated Press)

The Washington Redskins have signed former Virginia Tech standout Victor "Macho" Harris to help shore up their injury-riddled secondary.

Harris was taken by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2009 draft and appeared in 15 games, starting eight of them and recording 41 tackles, splitting time at cornerback and safety.

 

But the knock against Harris was that he wasn't quite big or physical enough to play safety, and wasn't quite fast enough to be a shut-down cornerback

He was cut this past preseason and had been training in Virginia. Harris was one of several free agents that worked out for the Redskins on Tuesday, and he agreed to a contract shortly after.

Harris played cornerback and returned punts and kicks at Virginia Tech and joins fellow Hokies DeAngelo Hall and Will Montgomery on the Redskins' roster. Harris also was one of the top high school prospects in Virginia, and earned PARADE All-American status as a senior running back. That year he earned MVP honors at the Virginia High School League's East-West All-Star game, and in the game split time between quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety and kick/punt returner.

Hall is excited over the signing, tweeting earlier today, "Great News...Happy to Welcome my lil bro and Hokie Macho Harris to the Team! Let's go!-HTTR."

The Redskins are down to two healthy safeties, Kareem Moore and Reed Doughty, with their top strong safety, LaRon Landry out with a strained left Achilles' tendon. Landry's backup Chris Horton is out for the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain, and rookie Anderson Russell on Sunday tore his ACL and also is done for the year.

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