Former Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas signs with Washington

Safety Phillip Thomas, who was the Washington Redskins’ fourth-round selection in the NFL Draft, signed with the team on Friday, the fifth of their seven selections to finalize a contract.

Terms were not disclosed, but the Washington Post reported the deal was comparable to what linebacker Keenan Robinson received from the Redskins last year as the 119th overall pick a year ago – that is a four-year contract worth $2.5 million that came with a $425,000 signing bonus. Thomas also was the 119th overall selection.

Thomas, who last season led the bowl subdivision in interceptions for the Bulldogs and was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award,  is expected to contend for a starting spot this season. He played strong safety at Fresno State, but can play both free and strong safety positions in the NFL.