The Washington Redskins announced May 11 that they have agreed to terms with linebacker Warrick Holdman. Terms of contract were not disclosed. Holdman is a versatile and productive linebacker who will bring tremendous depth to all three linebacker spots.
Holdman, 6-1 and 235 pounds, has played in 75 games with 63 starts during his six year career in the NFL with both the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns. He has tallied 522 tackles (342 solo), four sacks and nine forced fumbles.
Holdman played in Cleveland last season, participating in all 16 games with 14 starts. He finished second in tackles with 110 (56 solo), a half sack and a forced fumble. Holdman had his best game of the 2004 campaign when he tallied a team-high 12 tackles (six solo) at Cincinnati.
Holdman began his NFL career as a fourth round (106th overall) selection by the Chicago Bears in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played for the Bears for five seasons (1999-2003) in 59 games with 47 starts under current Redskins coaches Greg Blache and Dale Lindsey.
Holdman set career-highs in 2001 with 145 tackles, 101 solo tackles and three forced fumbles. His 145 tackles were second on the team to Pro Bowler Brian Urlacher's 214. Holdman's 2001 performance helped Chicago to a 13-3 record and a playoff appearance.
Holdman played linebacker at Texas A&M from 1995-1998. He started 40 games during that four year span, recording 249 tackles, 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles. Holdman is a native of Alief, Texas, where he attended Elisk High School.