Out At Redskins Park: Cedric Griffin, Fred Davis Join Redskin Roster

The Washington Redskins signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Cedric Griffin and tight end Fred Davis signed his franchise tender. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Griffin (6-0, 203) spent his previous six NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after being selected in the second round (48th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Texas. He has played in 80 regular season games, with 70 starts, and recorded 383 tackles, eight interceptions, 14 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 58 passes defensed.

Last season, Griffin played in 16 games, with 14 starts, and registered 81 tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles and 11 passes defensed. That followed a 2010 campaign in which he was recognized by his teammates as the Vikings’ Ed Block Courage Award recipient, coming back from a torn ACL suffered during the 2009 NFC Championship Game.

In 2009, Griffin led the Vikings with a career-high four interceptions while starting all 16 regular season games and two postseason games. He had a career-high 100 tackles in 2008, playing in all 16 regular season games with 15 starts. He also started in his first playoff appearance and had the team’s only postseason interception.

Griffin was one of two defensive backs to start all 16 games for the Vikings in 2007 and scored his first career touchdown, taking a lateral of a fumble recovery 50 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie, he appeared in 14 games, with seven starts, and earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Detroit Lions in Week 14 when he had an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Griffin played collegiately at Texas where he was a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior and a member of the 2005 Longhorns National Championship team. Griffin attended Oliver Wendell Holmes H.S. in San Antonio.

Davis, 26, returns after a career season in which he established single-season highs in receptions (59) and receiving yards (796). The 796 yards were the fourth-most in a season by a tight end in Redskins history. During his four-year NFL career, Davis has recorded 131 receptions for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns.


The Redskins also signed unrestricted free agent safety Brandon Meriweather.

Meriweather, 28, was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round (24th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Miami (Fla.). In five NFL seasons, he has played in 75 regular season games with 44 starts, and recorded 293 tackles, 12interceptions, 29 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two sacks.

He spent his first four seasons (2007-10) with the Patriots, earning Pro Bowl selections following the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He accounted for 261 tackles (181 solo), 27 passes defensed, all 12 of his career interceptions and both of his career sacks during his tenure with the Patriots. He joined the Chicago Bears in 2011, appearing in 11 games with four starts.

Meriweather (5-11, 200) played collegiately at Miami (Fla.) from 2002-06. He started 21 games at strong safety, six at free safety, three at cornerback and one at nickel back during his career and twice earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team honors (2005, 2006). He holds the Miami career-record for tackles by a defensive back with 293 tackles, and his 182 career solo tackles broke the school’s all-time record for safeties previously held by Bennie Blades (155).