Loudoun County, Va. (March 18, 2015) – The Washington Redskins announced last weekend that they have signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Chris Culliver and unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Terrance Knighton. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Culliver (6-0, 199) was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round (80th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Culliver compiled 121 tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 46 career games with 20 starts for the 49ers and appeared in Super Bowl XLVII.
Last season, Culliver established career highs in starts (14), tackles (45), interceptions (four) and passes defensed (14).
Culliver played collegiately at South Carolina from 2007-10, recording 156 career tackles (106 solo), four sacks and three interceptions while seeing time at cornerback, safety and receiver. He earned second-team All-SEC honors as a junior in 2009.
Culliver, 26, attended Garner Magnet H.S. in Garner, N.C., where he was a Rivals.com five-star recruit despite not playing football until his sophomore year. He was born on Aug. 17, 1988.
Knighton (6-3, 331) is entering his seventh NFL season after being originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. For his career, Knighton has appeared in 93 career regular season games with 81 starts, compiling 201 tackles (131 solo), 12.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and two interceptions.
Knighton spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jaguars before signing with the Denver Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. Knighton started all 32 regular season games and four postseason games for the Broncos across the 2013-14 seasons, including Super Bowl XLVIII.
Knighton played collegiately at Temple from 2005-08, recording 184 tackles (105 solo), seven sacks, three forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and four blocked kicks in 46 career games with 34 starts.
Knighton, 28, attended Windsor (Conn.) H.S., where he was a two-year letterman at defensive end and tight end. He was born on July 4, 1986.