The Redskins announced today they have signed veteran center Cory Raymer. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Raymer returns for his second tour with the burgundy and gold after spending the first seven years (1995-01) of his nine-year NFL career with the Redskins.
Raymer, 6-3 and 300 pounds, returns to Washington after spending the last two seasons with the San Diego Chargers, where he played in 18 games, starting 11. In 2003, he played in 15 games and started eight at center, after returning from an Achilles injury he suffered during the 2002 season that landed him on injured reserve following the first three games. Raymer also saw reserve action at right guard and left guard in 2003.
During his nine seasons in the NFL, Raymer has played in 81 games, starting 62. Prior to the 2000 season, he started 37 consecutive games, including two playoff contests. In 1999, Raymer was a fixture on a Redskins' offensive line that helped running back Stephen Davis rush for a career-high 17 touchdowns and finishing first in the NFC and third in the NFL in rushing yards (1,405).
Raymer was drafted by Washington in the second round (37th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. A broken ankle suffered during training camp sidelined him for most of his rookie season. He made his NFL debut and first career start in Week 11 vs. Seattle.
As a senior, Raymer earned first-team All-America honors and was the first Badger since former Steelers great Mike Webster to earn All-Big Ten honors. He helped Wisconsin finish ninth in the nation in rushing with an average of 240.8 yards per game. Raymer was one of 12 nominees for the Lombardi Award, which goes to college football's top lineman.