Loudoun County, Va. (August 14, 2014) – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent tight end Matt Veldman. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In addition, the team waived defensive end Doug Worthington.
Veldman (6-7, 255) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars on April 30, 2012. In addition to his time with the Jaguars, his career includes time on the practice squad of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and two stints with the Detroit Lions. He appeared in one game for the Lions last season, making his NFL debut at Minnesota in Week 17.
Veldman played collegiately at North Dakota State from 2008-11, compiling 49 career receptions for 584 yards and seven touchdowns in 41 career games. He served as a team captain for the 2011 season, helping the Bison to a 14-1 record and a Football Championship Subdivision title.
Veldman, 26, attended Becker High School (Minn.), where he was a finalist for the state’s “Mr. Football” award after doubling as a tight end and defensive lineman. He was born on August 12, 1988.
Worthington (6-5, 318) originally joined the Redskins via waiver claim on August 6, 2011.
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, “Hail to the Redskins.” The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.