Skins sign Moore

The Redskins finally adressed a concern along the offensive line, signing a player they once had on the practice squad. Washington signed free agent Larry Moore to a three-year, $3 million deal and plan to play him at center. Moore spent time on the Redskins' practice squad in 1997.

He started 48 of the past 54 games in Indianapolis, including 16 at center in 1999. But he spent most of the past two years at right guard.

''He's a very efficient pass protector as well as a run blocker,'' Redskins vice president of football operations Joe Mendes told the Journal Newspapers. ''He plays with good leverage and he's extremely disciplined, plays smart and he's rarely on the ground.''

When he first signed with the Redskins five years ago, Moore weighed only 270 pounds. He now weighs 296 pounds.

''This is a good solid player who fits into what [line coach] Kim Helton wants to do,'' Mendes said.

An NFL source described Moore as a hard-working, overachiever and a solid character guy. But he was phased out in Indianapolis because the Colts had younger, less expensive players.

But another NFL source said Moore is not as good as Cory Raymer, who recently signed a more lucrative deal with San Diego.

The move does not affect free agent center Mark Fischer's status. Mendes said the Redskins still would like him back. Fischer has told others he'd like to sign a one-year deal somewhere, giving him a chance to prove himself.


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