Cornerback Fred Smoot landed quickly after being cut by Minnesota this week, returning to the Washington Redskins after visiting them Friday.
Smoot agreed to a five-year contract worth between $20 and $22 million, according to a source close to Smoot. The deal includes a signing bonus of between $7 and $8 million.
Smoot was cut by the Vikings after only two seasons after being a top priority in free agency in 2005. However, Smoot’s involvement in the infamous "Love Boat" scandal that season tarnished his reputation with team owner Zygi Wilf. Smoot cemented his lack of a future with the team by getting a career-low one interception this season and getting only three in his two seasons in Minnesota.
Smoot was benched late last season and finished the season on injured reserve after he broke his jaw in a car accident over the Christmas weekend.
Despite that, Smoot is considered one of the better cover corners in the NFL and demonstrated excellent skills during the first four years of his career when he played for the Redskins. Smoot was a second-round pick by Washington in 2001 and quickly outperformed many of the cornerbacks taken ahead of him that season.
Smoot, 27, had 16 interceptions in his first four seasons. He is the second significant defensive acquisition this offseason by Washington. On Friday, the Redskins signed veteran linebacker London Fletcher to a five-year, $25 million contract