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Redskins Add 18-Year Vet Brown

The Redskins announced Wedesday the signing of veteran offensive lineman Ray Brown.

Brown is an experienced, talented and hard-working player who has spent five seasons of his 18-year career with the Washington Redskins. He will add depth and is a versatile addition to the Redskins offensive line and has played guard for the majority of his career.

The Redskins' coaching staff is familiar with Brown's skills. He played for Joe Gibbs from 1989-92 and also tutored under Joe Bugel for one season in 1989.

"We had an injury on the offensive line, obviously," Gibbs said, referring to the season-ending ruptured Achilles injury to right tackle Jon Jansen. "We just think Ray is a super person. He came and worked out for us this morning and we just thought it was smart for us to sign him."

Brown, 6-5 and 318 pounds, has started 16 games in each of the past six seasons and has started no less than fourteen games since the 1993 season. During his career, he has started 189 games and has appeared in 231.

Brown played the past two seasons with Detroit (2002-03), six seasons with San Francisco (1996-2001), five with Washington (1989-95), one with Phoenix (1988) and his first two seasons with the St. Louis Rams (1986-87). He recorded his best season in 2001 with the San Francisco 49ers when he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Brown joined the NFL with the St. Louis Rams as a eighth round selection (201st overall) in the 1986 NFL Draft. Prior to the NFL he starred at Arkansas State, where he became the first player in All-Southland Conference history to be named to first-team All-Conference at two positions in the same season (OL and TE).

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