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Redskins Sign Bidwell


The Redskins have signed free agent punter Josh Bidwell, the team announced on Tuesday.

Bidwell becomes the only punter currently on the Redskins' roster. The team did not re-sign Hunter Smith, who served as punter last year.

Bidwell also becomes a candidate to serve as holder on field goal attempts. He served in that role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the last six years.

Bidwell, 6-3 and 220 pounds, is entering his 11th NFL season.

He played for Tampa Bay from 2004-09. Prior to joining the Buccaneers, he spent five years with the Green Bay Packers.

Bidwell missed the 2009 season after he sustained a hip injury. He was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 17, 2009.

He was released by Tampa Bay on March 4, 2010.

For his career, Bidwell has 727 punts for a 42.8-yard average. His career long punt is 68 yards and he has placed 209 punts inside the 20-yard line.

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 owns a Buccaneers club record in gross punting average (44-yard average), punting attempts (419) and punts inside the 20-yard line (124).

In addition, Bidwell 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 originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round (133rd overall) selection of the Packers in the 1999 NFL Draft.

He missed his rookie season (1999) after being placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.

Bidwell played college football 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, 34, is a native of Winston, Ore.

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