The Washington Redskins signed oft-injured nose tackle Phil Taylor, who turns 30 this weekend, to a one-year contract with undisclosed financial terms.
The Redskins were counting on Taylor as their starting nose tackle in 2017, but he tore his left quadriceps in a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, ending his season.
Taylor was a first round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2011, but he has not played in an NFL game since 2014, beset by injuries and expectations he failed to meet.
The Redskins entered the 2018 offseason desperate to upgrade the middle of their defense after ranking last in the NFL against the run in 2017. Washington completed part of that job by re-signing ILB Zach Brown, the team’s leading tackler last season, but the nose tackle position remains unclear. Taylor, if healthy, is likely to be part of the mix in the middle of the defensive line. Other options include DL Jonathan Hankins, who remains an unsigned free agent after solid seasons with the NY Giants and Indianapolis Colts. The Skins could also target the defensive line in the 2018 NFL Draft next month, with Vita Vea of Washington and Da’Ron Payne of Alabama being likely prospects.