Former Tar Heel signs with Redskins

Former UNC tight end Richard Quinn has been signed by the Washington Redskins. Quinn, a 2008 grad, played in 29 games, starting four, while with the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos drafted Quinn 64th overall but he reached an injury settlement with them in August have suffering a knee ligament sprain during training camp.

Quinn only caught 12 passes in college and only one pass in the pros but Skins coach Mike Shanahan doesn’t want him for that. “I liked him as a blocker,” Shanahan said. “I thought he was a dominating blocker coming out of college. I was very impressed with the way he moved defensive linemen and linebackers off the line of scrimmage. We’ll get a chance to evaluate him and see how he helps our football team.”

The Redskins need help at tight end after pro bowl starter Chris Cooley was injured early in the year, backup Fred Davis was suspended by the NFL for using a controlled substance and H-back Mike Sellers was injured last weekend against the Patriots.

Quinn, 25, was born in Alabama, went to high school in Ohio and now lives in Fayetteville.

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