The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed safety Patrick Ghee and fullback/tight end Pete Schmitt and have released safety Stuart Schweigert and linebacker Danny Verdun-Wheeler.
Ghee (6-1, 210) originally signed with the Redskins on May 6, 2008, but was released on June 12. He originally entered the league with the Seattle Seahawks in 2007. Ghee was released by the Seahawks prior to the regular season on August 28. He then signed with the Carolina Panthers' practice squad on December 26. A four-year letterman at Wake Forest, Ghee played in 48 games with 36 starts. He finished his collegiate career with 210 tackles, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries. He will wear jersey number 35R.
Schmitt (6-3, 252) re-signed with the Redskins as a free agent on March 27, 2008, but was released on July 18. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Washington on May 15, 2007. Schmitt was released with an injury settlement on September 2, and did not play in the NFL last season. In his senior season, Schmitt led Wisconsin-Whitewater to a second consecutive WIAC championship and to the DIII championship game. He totaled 108 career receptions for 1,231 yards (11.4 avg.) and 14 touchdowns. Schmitt will jersey number 40.
Schweigert signed with the Redskins as a free agent on June 2, 2008. He played in the Redskins' preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Schweigert played his first four NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders and appeared in 63 career games with 42 starts.
Verdun-Wheeler originally joined the Redskins as a free agent on January 7, 2008. He signed with the Redskins' practice squad on December 19, 2007 for the team's final two regular-season contests. He originally entered the NFL as undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears on May 4, 2007, prior to being released on September 1.