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Not too long ago, Ronald Darby was considered one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL.

Buffalo Bills’ second-round pick in 2015, Darby excelled as a rookie, and continued with a solid second-year campaign. But after being traded to the Eagles in 2017, Darby struggled to stay on the pitch. The cornerback missed seven games in 2017 due to an ankle injury and tore his ACL the following year, which cost him another eight games. The Eagles renewed Darby for a one-year contract in 2019, and the cornerback missed five more games with a hip injury.

After truly hitting the open market for the first time in his career, Darby signed a cheap one-year, $ 4 million contract with the Redskins, the cornerback’s second consecutive year-long contract. Darby said he expects the market to be what it is, and the 26-year-old joins Burgundy and the Gold, feeling like he has something to prove.

“Every year, even if you played well last year, you will still have something to prove, whether you played good or bad,” said Darby. “This year, I’m going there and I always have something to prove, but of course, I feel like I have a lot more to prove because it’s my second year contract and things like that. So my main goal is to take care of my body and stay healthy, go there and play games. “

Darby understands why he was forced to sign another one-year contract. He knows he has to put together a full season of good football – while staying healthy – for a team to make a long-term commitment. Although his new contract doesn’t guarantee him anything after the 2020 season, Darby is confident he can return to the solid right corner he was a few seasons ago.

“As a corner that I know I am, I am a big corner,” said Darby. “I had to face obstacles and stuff like that, and at the end of the day, whether you are injured or good, you still have to go and play. You can’t always have excuses. I know I can be the person that I am, that I have shown. “

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Several factors captured Darby’s attention when the opportunity to join the Redskins arose, one of whom could play for Ron Rivera. The new Redskins coach has an excellent reputation in the league and is one of the best defensive minds in the sport.

Darby said he didn’t have a lot of ties to Rivera before he was signed, but thinks there is a ton of mutual respect between the two. Rivera’s defenses also produced something that stood out from the Redskins’ new defensive back: the cornerbacks play well and they get paid.

“I just know him from Carolina,” said Darby. “I think it was last year or the year before, he gave me a shout saying that he respected my way of playing and things like that before playing in Caroline like two years ago . His defenses were good, the corners that played in his defense were paid. “

Panthers cornerback James Bradberry just signed a $ 45 million, three-year contract with the New York Giants a season ago. Of course, there’s also Josh Norman, who won a five-year, $ 75 million contract with the Redskins after excelling under Rivera with the Panthers in 2015.

Like his new secondary companion Sean Davis, Darby also grew up in the DMV area and was a fan of the Redskins when he was younger. The chance to play for his hometown team was certainly something that caught the cornerback’s attention. But the opportunity to face Philadelphia, his former team, twice a year was another added benefit of signing with Washington.

” It’s crazy. I am grateful for this opportunity in Washington, “said Darby. “I’m from the DMV area and I grew up as a Redskins fan, so I can come home and play for the team I grew up on. I will face my former teammates twice a year. It’ll be fun. “

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