Jacobs Traded to Niners for CB

Posted Aug 14, 2006

Taylor Jacobs' career in Washington was in jeopardy. So, too, was Mike Rumph's career in San Francisco. Naturally, they ended up being traded for one another, and perhaps landing in a much better spot.

For Rumph, he enters with no expectations and perhaps can beef up the depth at corner for Washington. Ken Wright did not have a terrific night in his Redskins' debut Sunday, but Rumph is unlikely to bump him from the nickel spot.

Rumph has the reputation of being a physical corner, someone who can also play safety. That versatility is craved by Washington's defensive coaches.

But Rumph, a former first-round pick, also is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he landed on the injured reserve list. He spent 13 games there in 2005 with plantar fascia. He missed 14 games in '04 -- the final nine because of a broken forearm.

The Redskins like that he played collegiately with Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and Sean Taylor. The coaches say they received positive feedback from his college teammates, as well as from end Andre Carter and receiver Brandon Lloyd about Rumph and his character.

''He'll fit in here,'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said.

Jacobs' career in Washington was marked by injuries. Each year it was something else, from a bruised pancreas his rookie year to a strained abdomen in '04 and a sprained left big toe last year.

Coaches and teammates raved about his potential, but Jacobs appeared to suffer from confidence problems. Some teammates said he also often ran the wrong routes during games.

He caught 30 passes in three seasons in Washington.

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