Out At Redskins Park

The Washington Redskins have signed free agent cornerback Phillip Buchanon to a one-year deal worth$1.5 million.

Buchanon, 29, will be entering his ninth NFL season after originally joining the league as a first-round draft pick (No. 17 overall) of the Oakland Raiders in 2002. For his career, Buchanon (5-11, 186) has played in 105 games, with 76 starts, and has amassed 18 interceptions, five of which he has returned for touchdowns. The latter total is the sixth-highest among active players. In addition, Buchanon has also returned 118 punts for 1,075 yards (9.1 avg.) and three touchdowns in his career.

“He has had a lot of success in this league and brings with him the ability to create turnovers. He will be a big part of what we are trying to accomplish defensively in Washington", said Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan.

After spending three seasons in Oakland, Buchanon was traded to the Houston Texans in 2005. Following Week 7 of 2006, Buchanon was released by Houston and picked up a day later by Tampa Bay. He played in 10 games for the Buccaneers that season, including starts in the final four contests in which he recorded 20 tackles and two interceptions.

Buchanon started 29 of 32 games for Tampa Bay in 2007 and 2008, registering five interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery over that span. He signed with Detroit as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2009 season and went on to play in 13 games, with 11 starts.

Buchanon played collegiately at the University of Miami where he was a three-year letter winner and an All-American returner. He was born. Sept. 19, 1980 in Ft. Myers, Fla., where he also attended Lehigh High School.