Matt Millen may not have a lot of time left in the NFL, but the Washington Redskins yesterday gave him the opportunity to close his career on the East Coast.
Millen, an 11-year veteran linebacker who has played for the Los Angeles Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, signed with the Redskins before the Plan B free agency period officially ended last night.
A native of Whitehall, Pa., and a former star at Penn State, Millen, 33, wants to come back East to finish his career. He agreed to a two-year deal.
A strong defender against the run, Millen likely will be used as a run-stopper at middle linebacker. He'll replace Greg Manusky, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings, and probably will split time with Kurt Gouveia, who played on passing downs last year.
The addition of Millen gives the Redskins two former Penn State linebackers. Andre Collins was a second-round draft pick a year ago.
The Redskins added one other defender before the Plan B deadline in safety Danny Copeland, who agreed to a three-year contract. He is expected to provide depth in the secondary.
Earlier, the Skins signed safety Terry Hoage of Philadelphia and running back John Settle of Atlanta. Hoage and Brad Edwards, acquired a year ago in Plan B free agency, are expected to battle for the starting free safety job vacated by Todd Bowles. The Skins lost a third player in the Plan B period, offensive lineman Mark May.
The Redskins probably will take a safety in the draft later this month, and are also in the market for a punter. They made a run at Denver punter Mike Horan, but failed to sign him.