Redskins sign former Seahawks CB Cary Williams

Jan 5, 2016, 4:31 PM | Updated: 4:38 pm
Cary Williams was a flop with the Seahawks, released 11 games into a three-year, $18 million deal. ...
Cary Williams was a flop with the Seahawks, released 11 games into a three-year, $18 million deal. (AP)
(AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cornerback Cary Williams has signed with the NFC East champion Washington Redskins ahead of their wild-card game against the Green Bay Packers, taking the roster spot of safety Kyshoen Jarrett, who heads to injured reserve.

The addition of Williams, released by the Seattle Seahawks last month, and loss of Jarrett were part of a series of moves announced by the Redskins on Tuesday.

Center Kory Lichtensteiger was activated off IR after missing the second half of the regular season with a neck injury; he is expected to reclaim his starting job from fill-in Josh LeRibeus. Backup center Brian de la Puente was waived.

The Redskins also released linebacker Derrick Mathews from the practice squad and signed cornerback Al Louis-Jean to the practice squad.

The 31-year-old Williams had 46 tackles in 10 games with Seattle this season. The Redskins are Williams’ fifth NFL team since he entered the league in 2008.

Washington is coping with injuries to its already depleted secondary, including two in the regular-season finale Sunday in Dallas.

While cornerback Dashaun Phillips could play against Green Bay despite what coach Jay Gruden said “looks like a stinger,” Jarrett already had been ruled out for the playoffs because of a nerve issue affecting his right arm.

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Pete Carroll...
Brent Stecker

ESPN’s Riddick thinks Seahawks’ Carroll knew all along they were good

ESPN analyst and former NFL safety Louis Riddick was around the Seahawks in the preseason, and he saw a "twinkle in the eye" of Pete Carroll at the time.
15 hours ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brent Stecker

Seahawks Game-Changing Plays: Breaking down Geno’s winning drive

The Seahawks beat the Rams 27-23 on Sunday, and it wouldn't have happened without Geno Smith leading a late TD drive. Michael Bumpus breaks down the biggest plays from that drive.
15 hours ago
Seahawks Tariq Woolen...
Brandon Gustafson

Seahawks’ Carroll: Tariq Woolen has ‘legitimate chance’ to be dominant

Seahawks rookie CB Tariq Woolen came away with his sixth interception on Sunday. Pete Carroll discussed Woolen's play and sky-high potential.
15 hours ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brandon Gustafson

Carroll: Importance of Seahawks’ win over Rams, Geno’s big finish

On the latest Pete Carroll Show, the Seahawks coach discussed his team's win over the Rams and the play and mentality of QB Geno Smith.
2 days ago
Seahawks Kenneth Walker III...
Brent Stecker

Seahawks Injuries: Carroll on Kenneth Walker III, banged-up RBs

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll provided updates on three of Seattle's banged-up running backs during his weekly Monday morning show on Seattle Sports.
2 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Stacy Rost

Rost: Seahawks still have questions, but Geno Smith has answered some

We now know the answers to many of the questions that surrounded Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith entering the season.
2 days ago
Redskins sign former Seahawks CB Cary Williams