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Redskins sign veteran safety Donte Whitner

Donte Whitner is back in our lives.

The team confirmed Wednesday the Washington Redskins signed the veteran safety. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported it's a one-year deal.

A street free agent, Whitner had worked out for the Giants, Panthers and Rams since being released in April by Browns. The 31-year-old defensive back spent the past two seasons in Cleveland after long stints with the 49ers and Bills.

Washington general manager Scot McCloughan knows Whitner from their time together in San Francisco, and might view the veteran as a potential starter over strong safety David Bruton, who has been hideous against the run and pass.

The Redskins need help in the secondary, but it doesn't stop there. After watching the team allow Cleveland's Isaiah Crowell to play like an evolutionary Marcus Allen in Week 4, Washington will be targeted by opposing run games until they show any hint of resistance. Don't hold your breath.

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