Trent Murphy officially signed his rookie contract with the Washington Redskins earlier this morning. The deal is worth $4.21 million over four years, including a signing bonus for $1.44 million. The outside linebacker was the second-round draft pick out of Stanford and was the top pick for the Redskins in the 2014 NFL Draft. The only rookie left to sign his rookie contract is offensive tackle Morgan Moses.
Murphy led the NCAA FBS with 15 sacks last season and will be a rotational pass rusher behind Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Standing at 6'5" and 250 pounds, Murphy is already a great size for the NFL and head coach Jay Gruden is excited to see what he can do on defense this year.
"He can counter-move. He doesn't predetermine his moves when he rushes," Gruden said during the rookie minicamp. "He's got a good spin move, he's got an inside move, he's got an outside. He uses his hands, he can get down – works his leverage. He's got all the skill you want already, now it's just a matter of keep developing him." (Credit: The Washington Post)
In other related new, the Redskins released rookie free agent receiver Kofi Hughes in order to make room for another wide receiver, Rashad Ross. Hughes came out of the University of Indiana and practiced with the Redskins during the rookie minicamp. Ross is a much smaller wide receiver at 5'11 and 179 pounds out of Arizona State. He signed with the Tennessee Titans last year as an undrafted free agent, but was released on August 31, 2013. That led him to Kansas City during the 2013 regular season, but never saw the playing field. Ross is very fast, running a 4.36 40 yard dash at his Pro Day last year. He also played as a kick returner at Arizona State, which is something Washington is looking for at the moment.
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