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Redskins sign Alonzo Highsmith Jr., release five players

The Redskins tried to hire Alonzo Highsmith in the offseason for their front office. But his team, Green Bay, denied them permission to speak with him. So they've settled on his son, a linebacker.

Washington signed Alonzo Highsmith Jr., who was one of the tryout players in town this past weekend. Miami signed Highsmith as an undrafted free agent in 2013, but the Dolphins cut him before the season. He spent last offseason with Kansas City before being released last August. Highsmith played for Omaha in the Fall Experimental Football League this past season.

Highsmith started his career at Phoenix College before transferring to Arkansas. He's the sixth player Washington signed from this past weekend. The other four players signed were college free agents. In addition to the four players in that story -- tackle Tovar Allen, linebacker Houston Bates, quarterback Hutson Mason and linebacker Dasman McCullum, the Redskins also signed defensive lineman Daryl Waud, who played collegiately for the Western Mustangs in Canada. He apparently had a strong showing at the East-West Shrine game in January. Waud, 6-foot-5, 295 pounds, was considered the top player available for the Canadian Football League draft.

The Redskins, meanwhile, waived quarterback Connor Halliday (designated as left squad), tackle Brey Cook, linebacker James Gayle (designated injured), defensive lineman LaKendrick Ross and wide receiver Tyler Rutenbeck.