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Veteran CB Hawkins signs with Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. (June 23, 2005) -- The Washington Redskins signed cornerback Artrell Hawkins, giving the team another potential nickel back.

Hawkins was cut by the Carolina Panthers in March to save money under the salary cap. He failed to challenge seriously for a starting spot in his only year with the Panthers, losing out to first-round draft pick Chris Gamble after hurting his knee in training camp.

Hawkins previously spent six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He has played in 102 games with 76 starts and 10 interceptions in his seven-year career.

Lack of depth in the defensive backfield was a concern for the Redskins after their minicamp last weekend. The team pursued R.W. McQuarters, but he signed with the Detroit Lions on June 22. Cory Hall was signed last month, but he left the team two days later after deciding he didn't want to continue his NFL career.

The Redskins also need alternatives in case safety Sean Taylor isn't available for the season. Taylor will face an arraignment June 24 in Miami on a felony charge involving a firearm.

The Associated Press News Service

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