The Redskins continue to tinker with the roster and find ways to improve depth. On Monday, the team signed veteran wide receiver Todd Pinkston and defensive tackle Matthias Askew.
To make room for the two newcomers, the Redskins released wide receiver Kyle Brown and defensive tackle Vaka Manupuna.
"Todd is somebody who we felt could upgrade our position over somebody [Brown] who would have a tough time making the team," head coach Joe Gibbs said. "We felt like it was a good time to bring somebody in who might have a chance."
Pinkston, 6-3 and 180 pounds, was selected in the second round of the 2000 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent six seasons with the Eagles (2000-05), during which time he played in 78 games, starting 62.
For his NFL career, Pinkston has 184 receptions for 2,816 yards and 14 touchdowns. His last NFL game: Super Bowl XXXIX with the Eagles.
He missed the entire 2005 season with an Achilles injury. He was released by Philadelphia during 2006 training camp. He later signed with Minnesota Vikings, but was released a short time later.
In Philadelphia, Pinkston played three seasons with James Thrash, who likely put in a good word for Pinkston, a second-round draft pick by the Eagles in 2000.
Pinkston said on Monday that, before the Redskins called, he thought his career might be over.
"I just wanted the chance to come out here, show some leadership and try to make the team," Pinkston said.