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Virginia Tech football: Kendall Fuller and Logan Thomas sign with Redskins

Kendall Fuller is coming home.

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Kendall Fuller
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Kendall Fuller was a third-round pick of the Washington Redskins back in 2016. After a standout second season in 2017, Fuller was abruptly traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade for quarterback Alex Smith.

Fuller would spend the next two years with the Chiefs moving back and forth between outside corner, slot corner and free safety. His last game with Kansas City was a Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The timing was perfect for Fuller as he was about to hit free agency for the first time. Earlier this week, it was reported Fuller, a Maryland native and Virginia Tech alum, was re-signing with the Redskins.

According to reports, Fuller received a four-year deal worth up to $40 million. The Redskins get back a player they never wanted to lose and can help improve one of the league’s worst secondaries.

Fuller expressed his excitement in returning home.

Back in 2017, Fuller played exclusively in the slot for the Redskins. He was arguably the best in the league at that position. As he rejoins the Redskins, he could play a number of roles for new head coach Ron Rivera, however, covering the slot is likely where he will begin.

Fuller also remains a popular player with Virginia Tech fans. The fourth of four brothers to play for the Hokies, was also Tech’s last five-star recruit back in 2013.

Kendall Fuller isn’t the only former Hokie to join the Redskins this week.

Virginia Tech’s all-time leading passer, Logan Thomas, also signed with the Redskins on Thursday.

Thomas entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals back in 2014. Drafted as a quarterback, things didn’t work out and Thomas reinvented himself as a tight end.

The Detroit Lions signed Thomas back in 2016 and moved him to tight end. While he didn’t stick with Detroit at that time, the position switch did. Thomas latched on with the Buffalo Bills later in 2016 and spent the next two seasons with them.

In 2019, he returned to Detroit where he spent the season. Thomas started all 16 games for Detroit, catching 16 passes and one touchdown. While his numbers weren’t eye-popping, Thomas took quite well to blocking and has carved out a nice career for himself.

Now, Thomas goes to a Washington team in dire need of a tight end. Jordan Reed was released and Vernon Davis retired. The Redskins will almost certainly add another tight end — or two — but expect Thomas to stick as well.

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Like most fans, we all imagine what Thomas could have been if he stayed at tight end for the Hokies. He had a tremendous career at Virginia Tech, but could’ve been a high pick as a tight end. His blend of size, athleticism and power would have served him well.

Congratulations to both Kendall and Logan, two terrific Hokies.