Ray Brown Re-signs

While he was lauded by coach Joe Gibbs last season, scouts and GMs around the league viewed him widely as better suited to be a backup guard.

As expected, the Redskins re-signed the ageless one, offensive lineman Ray Brown, who is entering his 20th season, and sixth with Washington.

Brown started 14 games this past season, including 13 at right tackle for injured Jon Jansen, and one at right guard. He has started 203 games in his career.

While he was lauded by coach Joe Gibbs last season, scouts and GMs around the league viewed him widely as better suited to be a backup guard. He lacked the quickness at right tackle to help on some of the zone running plays.

But the Redskins liked his consistency, with line coach Joe Bugel saying he and Chris Samuels were the two most consistent linemen they had. The Redskins knew what the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Brown would do.

He also became a respected voice of reason in the locker room, able to lend perspective better than anyone else. That, as much as anything, is why the Redskins welcome him back. Besides, he can still help on the field.

Brown likely will be more of a backup guard this season. Bugel has said he's pleased with left guard Derrick Dockery and knocked down a rumor that Brown might compete for that starting job.


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