The Redskins re-signed offensive lineman Lennie Friedman on Wednesday. Friedman started eight games at center last year and could compete for a starting job at that position next season. The signing also adds depth along the offensive line.
Friedman, 6-3 and 283 pounds, returns for his second season wearing burgundy and gold. He played in all 16 games during the 2003 season, starting eight. During his five seasons in the NFL, he has played in 49 games at both guard and center.
Last season, Friedman stepped in for injured starting center Larry Moore in Week 10 against Seattle and immediately settled in as the starter for the final eight games. He originally joined the Redskins from the Denver Broncos, where he spent the first four years of his career.
With the Broncos, Friedman played in two games in 2002, backing up a starting line that helped the Broncos finish the season ranked third in the NFL in total offense.
In 2000 and 2001, Friedman played in 31 games (22 starts), earning the starting role at left guard midway through the 2000 season.
Friedman, 27, was originally selected by Denver in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft (61st overall). He was a three-year starter at Duke, where he earned All-ACC honors as a senior.