The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed cornerback Eric Joyce and have picked up wide receiver Jamin Elliott off waivers. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Joyce, 5-10 and 193 pounds, entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in 2002 and was released during the preseason. He was picked up by Chicago and signed to the Bears' practice squad before being signed to the active roster on December 13. He saw his first NFL action as a reserve defensive back and special teamer against the New York Jets and recorded one assisted tackle against Tampa Bay. He was released by the Bears prior to the 2003 season. Joyce spent the 2003 season out of football before re-signing with the Cardinals in 2004. After being cut prior to the start of the regular season, he spent a week on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad and then landed with the Atlanta Falcons following the 2004 season. Joyce played college ball at Tennessee State.
Elliott, 5-11 and 195 pounds, entered the NFL as a sixth-round selection (203rd overall) of the Chicago Bears in the 2002 NFL Draft. He was named to the active roster out of training camp and was inactive for Games 1-4 and 11-13. He was moved to the practice squad for Games 5-10 and elevated back to the active roster prior to Game 11, was active but did not play in Game 14. He made his NFL debut on special teams at Carolina on Dec. 22 and participated in the final two games of the season. In 2003, Elliot was released by the Bears during training camp before signing with the New England Patriots. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots after spending most of the season on the practice squad and appearing in only one game on special teams. He re-signed with the Bears during the 2004 offseason and was released prior to the regular season. He re-signed again with the Bears in January 2005 and was allocated to NFL Europe where he played for the Cologne Centurions during the 2005 NFL Europe campaign. Elliott played college ball at Delaware.
The Redskins also announced the release of wide receiver Pedro Holiday.