The Redskins announced June 28 that they have signed free agent cornerback Eric Joyce and acquired wide receiver Jamin Elliott off waivers.
Joyce, 5-10 and 193 pounds, entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in 2002 and was released during the preseason. He was picked up by Chicago and signed to the Bears' practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Dec. 13.
Joyce saw his first NFL action as a reserve defensive back and special teamer against the New York Jets and recorded one assisted tackle against Tampa Bay. He was released by the Bears prior to the 2003 season. Joyce spent the 2003 season out of football before re-signing with the Cardinals in 2004.
After being cut prior to the start of the regular season, he spent a week on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad and then landed with the Atlanta Falcons following the 2004 season. Joyce played his college ball at Tennessee State.
Elliott, 5-11 and 195 pounds, entered the NFL as a sixth-round selection (203rd overall) of the Chicago Bears in the 2002 NFL Draft. He was named to the active roster out of training camp and was inactive for Games 1-4 and 11-13.
Elliott moved to the practice squad for Games 5-10 and elevated back to the active roster prior to Game 11, was active but did not play in Game 14 before making his NFL debut on special teams at Carolina (12/22) and participating in the final two games of the season.
In 2003, Elliott was released by the Bears during training camp before signing with the New England Patriots. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Pats after spending most of the season on the practice squad and appearing in one game on special teams.
Elliott re-signed with the Bears during the 2004 offseason and was released prior to the regular season. He re-signed again with the Bears in January 2005 and was allocated to NFL Europe where he played for the Cologne Centurions during the 2005 NFL Europe campaign. Elliott played his college ball at Delaware.
The Redskins also released wide receiver Pedro Holiday and earned an NFL Europe roster exemption for Joyce, replacing injured cornerback James Bethea.