Darnerien McCants, who spent his first four NFL seasons in Washington, was released by the Redskins on August 29.
“McCants has good size and speed and has made a lot of plays with the Redskins, in particular against us,” said Reid. “We’ll see what kind of role he fills once we get him acclimated to our offense.”
McCants, a 5th round draft choice of Washington in 2001, appeared in 29 games for the Redskins, including three starts. After being inactive for all 16 games of his rookie year, he went on to record 53 receptions for 687 yards and eight touchdowns over the next three seasons.
In 2004, McCants (6-3, 215) recorded five receptions for 71 yards in five games. His best season came in 2003, when he set career highs with 27 receptions, 360 yards and six touchdowns. McCants posted career bests vs. the Eagles with four catches for 79 yards and one score at Philadelphia on 10/3/03.
A Gambrills, MD, native, McCants starred collegiately at Delaware State, where as a tight end caught 36 passes for 692 yards and 18 touchdowns during his senior season. His touchdown total led all of Division I-AA that year and set new school and conference records.