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Draft Deals: Blades, Sartz, Palmer In Fold

Three more Redskins draft picks have agreed to terms on contracts, the team announced on Monday.

Sixth-round linebacker H.B. Blades has signed with the Redskins, while fifth-round linebacker Dallas Sartz and sixth-round quarterback Jordan Palmer have agreed to terms on contracts with the team.

With Blades, Sartz and Palmer on board, the Redskins can focus on a deal with their last unsigned draft pick, safety LaRon Landry. Landry was the Redskins' first-round pick, sixth overall, in last April's draft.

Seventh-round selection Tyler Ecker, a tight end, signed on July 2.

The Redskins have also released quarterback Sam Hollenbach, the team announced on Monday. Hollenbach, a Maryland product, spent the offseason with the Redskins after signing with the club after the draft.

Blades, 5-11 and 236 pounds, became only the fifth player in Pitt history to record more than 400 tackles in a career. During his time with the Panthers, Blades registered 433 tackles (252 solo), four sacks, six interceptions and 15 pass deflections.

Blades, a native of Plantation, Fla., appeared in 48 games with 36 starts at both middle and strong-side linebacker positions during his career. He is the son of former NFL player Bennie Blades.

Sartz, 6-4 and 235 pounds, played in 53 games with 34 starts during his time at USC. He finished his collegiate career with 194 tackles (106 solo), 12.5 sacks, 16 pass deflections and two forced and recovered fumbles.

In Sartz's final season at USC, he led the Trojans with a career-high seven sacks. He is a native of Granite Bay, Calif.

Palmer, 6-5 and 231 pounds, played in 46 games at UTEP with 42 starts. He completed 851 of 1,427 passes (59.6 percent) for 11,084 yards and 88 touchdowns, all-time school records.

Palmer's 88 touchdowns rank him 13th in NCAA Division I-A history. He is a native of Mission Viejo, Calif.

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