CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears and Cedric Griffin #23 of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on October 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis /Getty Images)
The Washington Redskins continued their offseason of rebuilding by signing free agent cornerback Cedric Griffin, who spent the last six seasons with Minnesota.
The Redskins also announced that tight end Fred Davis signed his franchise tender. Davis, 26, had a career year in 2011, catching 59 passes for 796 yards.
The 6-foot, 203-pound Griffin was a second-round pick in 2006. The former Texas Longhorn has started 70 games in his career, including 14 last season. He racked up 81 tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles and 11 passes defensed.
Knee injuries have been a problem for Griffin. The 29-year-old suffered a torn ACL in Minnesota's 2009 NFC Championship Game, but came back quickly the next season, only to suffer another torn ACL nine months after the first -- this time in the other knee.
He was able to rebound from that, but StarTribune.com provided an assessment of his most recent season:
Griffin's confidence seemed to dip substantially throughout the second half of last season, leading up to his outright benching in Week 14 in Detroit. By season's end, it seemed clear his days in the Twin Cities were numbered.
The Vikings released him on Saturday as part of a move to shed salary before the free-agent season began.