The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent linebacker Quan Sturdivant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sturdivant has not made an NFL roster. He was on the practice squads of the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs. He was a sixth-round draft choice by the Cardinals in 2011 out of North Carolina.
I don’t think he has a chance to make the roster, but he was a solid LB prospect coming out of UNC in 2011 and linebacker depth is currently a need for the Redskins. Here is some background on Sturdivant:
Sturdivant was a star high school quarterback and safety coming out of Oakboro, N.C., Sturdivant chose jersey No. 52 when he moved to linebacker for the Tar Heels in honor of his favorite players — former Hurricanes Ray Lewis and Jon Beason. He sports a tattoo that says, “Only the strong survive” and plays linebacker with that mindset. Sturdivant is a tackling machine who attacks the line of scrimmage with speed and great instincts. He moved to inside linebacker as a junior. he has limitations with tackling in the open field and sticking with tight ends in coverage but could develop into a good reserve. I think he is a long shot to make the roster, but he was a solid LB prospect coming out of UNC in 2011.
Another interesting point about his time in the NFL is that in 2012 The Chiefs recently released linebacker Bryan Kehl to make room for him on the roster.
The Redskins made room on their roster to add Sturdivant by releasing veteran WR Devry Henderson Wednesday.