Bucs Re-Sign C/G Todd Washington

March 15 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made quick use of the salary cap money they freed up on Thursday by re-signing center/guard Todd Washington to a four-year contract worth $6 million.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look like a different team when the take the field for the first time next season, but there will still be some familiar faces. The Bucs re-signed C/G Todd Washington to a four-year contract worth $6 million.

Washington, 25, was selected by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the 1998 draft out of the Virginia Tech. He has played in 35 games over his four-year career, and made his first start last season when he filled in for starting center Jeff Christy on opening day against the Dallas Cowboys.

It was no secret Tampa Bay wanted to bring Washington back after he became an unrestricted free agent on Mar. 1, but some other teams like the Houston Texans showed interest in signing the multi-talented offensive lineman.

Washington (6-3, 324) will likely be a backup next season, but could conceivably replace Christy in 2003 when the veteran center's salary cap value jumps to nearly $4 million. Christy is, however, under contract through the 2004 season.

Washington could also challenge right guard Cosey Coleman for a starting position next season. Coleman struggled as a first-year starter last season, but elevated his play toward the end of the year.

If Washington does not claim a starting position, he will likely see plenty of playing time by occasionally filling in at both the guard and center positions.

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