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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 23, 2010

REDSKINS SIGN JOSH BIDWELL

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent punter Josh Bidwell. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bidwell (6-3, 220) will enter his 11th NFL season and has spent the past six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004-09). Prior to joining the Buccaneers, he spent his first five NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers (1999-2003).

For his career, Bidwell has 727 punts for 31,085 yards (42.8 avg.) with a long of 68 yards and 209 punts placed inside the 20-yard line in 144 games. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2005 after he averaged 45.6 yards per punt with a 37.5 net average for the Buccaneers.

Bidwell, 34, owns a Buccaneers club record in gross punting average (44.0 avg.), punting attempts (419) and punts inside the 20-yard line (124). In addition, he holds the top four single-season gross punting averages in Buccaneers history (2005-08) and owns three of the top five single-season net punting averages in club history (2005, 2007-08).

Bidwell missed the 2009 season after he sustained a hip injury and was placed on Injured Reserve on Aug. 17, 2009. He was released by Tampa Bay on March 4, 2010.

As a member of the Packers, Bidwell totaled 308 punts for 12,659 yards with a 41.1 avg. He originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round (133rd overall) selection of the Green Bay Packers in the 1999 NFL Draft. He missed his rookie season (1999) after being placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list.

Bidwell was a four-year letterman (1995-98) at the University of Oregon, where he was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and earned second-team Associated Press All-America honors as a senior. His punting average of 40.8 is the third-best in school history. Bidwell graduated from Oregon with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Born March 13, 1976, Bidwell is a native of Winston, Ore.
 

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So Allen signed one of his former TB players. How does he compare to Hunter Smith? I liked Hunter; he seemed to do a good job when he was healthy. Staying healthy being the caveat. But I see Bidwell was out last year with a hip injury, so he doesn't seem any better in that regard.

Just as long as he's a reliable, decent punter, it'll be fine with me. I'm not expecting Ray Guy.
 

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Nothing wrong with a little competition. Hopefully Smith will get good and stretched out and win the job
 

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I would prefer Hunter. He did a great job holding and there's always the element of surprise with him which helps prevent blocked punts and FG's.
 

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Just posted this in the stickied thread, but ... without looking it up, can anyone name the last punter to hold the Redskins job for at least 2 full continuous seasons?
 

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Just posted this in the stickied thread, but ... without looking it up, can anyone name the last punter to hold the Redskins job for at least 2 full continuous seasons?
Jeff Hayes?
 

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Nothing wrong with a little competition. Hopefully Smith will get good and stretched out and win the job
Hunter is an unrestricted free agent and is not currently with the team.
 

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Yeah, I originally thought Roby, and then thought, nah, it could not have been that long ago. I honestly forgot all about Frost.
 

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