In Their Words: Renaldo Wynn

The Redskins solved a big problem along the defensive line Thursday, signing Renaldo Wynn to a six-year, $20 million contract (with a $3.5 million bonus). The run-stopper can play both end and tackle. Also, if Washington must release either Bruce Smith or Marco Coleman, it gives the team another option. Here's what Wynn had to say today.

I'm just really excited about being here, it's just a true blessing and a perfect situation for myself. It's a win-win situation all the way around. I'm very excited to come to a football town, a community that embraces the Redskins and the history of the organization.

I'm excited to play under Coach Spurrier and Marvin Lewis as well. It's a great fit for myself. It's a great city, great fans. There's something special here with Coach Spurrier and Coach Lewis and the caliber of the players on this team. We can do some great things.

I've had the opportunity to play both tackle and end--I got drafted as a tackle and I started at that position for the first two or three years. Then I played defensive end and that was a smooth transition for myself because I played end in college. I was very fortunate to be effective in both positions. That's why they were interested in me because of the versatility I bring to the table.

I played both left and right end. Tony Brackens was out for the first four games last year and I went to the right side and did good things over there as well.

I don't know why I can bounce from one to another. But it hasn't been a hard transition for myself. Coming from Notre Dame under Lou Holtz, he wants you to learn more than one position. That's helped me over the years.

I'd like to add that I'm excited to be around great players like Marco Coleman, Dan Wilkinson, Bruce Smith. We have the opportunity to be the best defensive line group in the NFL.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers.


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