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Redskins Sign Kemoeatu to Bolster D-Line


The Redskins have signed free agent defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu, the team announced on Wednesday.

Kemoeatu, whose full name is pronounced "ma-AH-kay key-moy-AH-too," is listed at 6-5 and 345 pounds.

He could be a candidate to play nose tackle for the Redskins should the team decide to implement a 3-4 defense this offseason.

Kemoeatu is the second defensive lineman the Redskins have signed this offseason. On March 6, the team brought back defensive end Phillip Daniels for a seventh season with the club.

Kemoeatu has played in 107 games with 61 starts in an eight-year career with Baltimore (2002-05) and Carolina (2006-09).

In his career, Kemoeatu has registered 291 tackles (183 solo), four sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Kemoeatu spent the 2009 season on the Panthers' injured reserve after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during training camp.

In 2008, he started 14 games for Carolina and totaled 40 tackles (31 solo), two passes defensed and a forced fumble.

After originally entering the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with Baltimore on April 26, 2002, Kemoeatu spent four seasons with the Ravens.

Kemoeatu then joined the Panthers, signing as an unrestricted free agent following the 2005 season.

Kemoeatu, a native of Kahuka, Hawaii, played college football at Utah.

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