March 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan answers questions from reporters during the annual NFL meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Free Agency: Former WVU QB Pat White Gets Second Chance in DC

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One of the greatest quarterbacks that West Virginia University has ever produced, Pat White, will get to begin his redemption tour this season in the nation’s capitol.

News broke earlier today that White, who had washed out of professional football after the 2009 season with the Miami Dolphins, had signed a deal with the Washington Redskins. Terms of the contract are not yet known.

The Redskins, who patiently await the return of starting quarterback Robert Griffin III from reconstructive knee surgery, are clearly signing Pat White as an insurance option.

With RGIII doing everything possible to rush his rehabilitation schedule to make it back for the start of the regular season, the Redskins needed to bring in a quarterback that is capable of executing the zone read option offense that RGIII so masterfully runs.

RGIII’s back-up this past season, fellow rookie Kurt Cousins, is not a mobile quarterback and is really a traditional pocket passer.  White brings the added mobile dimension that Cousins lacks, allowing the Redskins to execute their entire playbook.

The reports also included news that the Redskins brought back former back-up quarterback Rex Grossman on a 1-year deal. That gives the Redskins four quarterbacks heading into the regular season, meaning that White will likely be in a heated battle with Grossman for a roster spot.

Given the fact that the Redskins released Grossman in favor of keeping John Beck last season should speak volumes about head coach Mike Shanahan’s confidence in the former Florida Gator signal caller.

If White can showcase the talents that earned him a high second round draft pick in 2009, the Redskins will be getting a steal for a versatile back-up quarterback.

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