The Broncos signed T.J. Ward as a free agent and got Rahim Moore back from a season-ending injury, which left them without any space on their roster for safety Duke Ihenacho even though Ihenacho started 14 regular season games and all three playoff contests for the AFC champions last season.
The Redskins don’t have quite as many options at safety as the Broncos, though, and that meant they had room to add Ihenacho. Per multiple reports, they did just that on Sunday when they were awarded Ihenacho after making a waiver claim.
Ihenacho should get a chance to earn playing time quickly in Washington. Brandon Meriweather is suspended for the first two games of the season and the team cut ties with 2013 draft pick Phillip Thomas on Saturday, leaving them with Ryan Clark, Bacarri Rambo, Trenton Robinson and Akeem Davis at safety on their initial 53-man roster.
Ihenacho had 73 tackles and three forced fumbles in Denver last season. He struggled in pass coverage at times, but did well against the run and the competition for snaps in Washington isn’t particularly daunting.