The Redskins re-signed a pair of sturdy veterans Thursday in long snapper Ethan Albright and linebacker Kevin Mitchell.
Albright has been a staple on the Redskins' special teams units with his consistency, accuracy and experienced leadership. He has become a dependable veteran, playing in 138 games including a current eight-year streak in which he has not missed a game.
The 6-5, 205-pounder is a 10-year veteran who has played with the Redskins for three seasons. Known as one of the NFL's best and more reliable long snappers, he has made his mark as an asset on special teams.
He has also made his share of plays in coverage, contributing 45 tackles during his career. In 2000, he had a career-high 10 special teams tackles and has recovered two fumbles on punt coverage. In 2001, he was awarded two game balls for his special teams contributions.
In four seasons with the Redskins, Mitchell is a solid veteran leader who has shown his versatility on defense and special teams again and again during his four seasons with the burgundy and gold.
The 6-1, 258-pounder has played in 144 games, starting 28, during his 10-year NFL career, amassing 300 tackles, two interceptions and 6.5 sacks. In 2003, Mitchell played in all 16 games despite a hamstring injury. He recorded eight tackles (six solo) and five special teams tackles.
Mitchell registered his most productive season in 2001 when he started all 13 games played, recording career-highs in total tackles (82) and solo tackles (69). In addition, Mitchell recorded two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Mitchell followed that with a solid 2002 campaign, playing in all 16 contests, and stepping in for injured middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter. He started the final three games of the season and finished the year with 26 tackles (20 solo) and one interception. He also was third on the team in special teams stops with 15.