Redskins trade cornerback Dashaun Phillips for rookie center Lucas Crowley

Paola Ditto
Agosto 24, 2017

Marquise Williams celebrates with teammate Lucas Crowley.

The Washington Redskins announced the following roster move.

Crowley, 22, appeared in 41 games at North Carolina.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Crowley signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cardinals in May, then with the Steelers on August 8 after he was waived by Arizona on July 22. He started every game of the 2015-16 seasons, earning All-ACC honors in both campaigns. Last year, he received second-team All-ACC honors after starting all 13 games and helping the Tar Heels to 293.2 passing yards per game, third-most in the conference. The Ponte Vedra, Florida native is a two-time Rimington Award nominee (best center in the country). Long is expected back around the start of the regular season, but coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday afternoon, before the trade, that he was hoping to bring in another center for depth. He's been trying to fight through it. He's a very competitive guy and unfortunately you could see it starting to bother him. Long got his knee checked out after that game and doctors found some damage to his meniscus.

Sixth round draft pick Chase Roullier was next in-line at center.

"He took reps with the ones today and did a good job", said Gruden. "Ronald Patrick's getting more work also, so we have two centers". Probably would like to get another one eventually depending on how long Spencer [Long] is going to be out, but we're hopeful that he'll return Week 1. While Phillips may have been viewed as a valuable special teamer last season, he wasn't shaping up to fit the Redskins wants in terms of the defensive side of the ball and would have likely been cut.

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