After releasing Josh Norman and trading Quinton Dunbar to the Seattle Seahawks, the Washington Redskins needed to fill some holes in their secondary at the cornerback position this offseason.
First-year Redskins head coach Ron Rivera agreed to terms with Ronald Darby on a one-year, $4 million deal as the former second-round pick will get a chance to be a starting cornerback for the burgundy and gold.
Darby is an Oxon Hill native and grew up a Redskins fan. He played high school football at Potomac High School under head coach Ronnie Crump. Ronald Darby, now healthy, will bring back his man-to-man coverage ability that he has always possessed,” Crump said. “Playing for defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will put him in a position to make plays that will bring back-end excitement to the Redskins defense. His speed, lateral quickness and ability to break on the ball is his strength. I have yet to see [an] NFL wide receiver just run past him. I expect him to have a great season in 2020.”
Throughout his NFL career, Darby has battled injuries and has yet to play in all 16 games in any of his previous five seasons. In 2015, Darby was a second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills and competed in 15 games as a rookie with two interceptions and 68 tackles.
The 5-foot-11 corner competed in 14 games in 2016 for the Bills, but was traded in 2017 to the Philadelphia Eagles. In three years with the Eagles, Darby only appeared in double-digit games in a single season once when he started 11 games in 2019.