Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Former Bucs punter Bidwell joined Redskins

With hope to have a final solution to the team’s instability at punter spot, the Washington Redskins signed 34-year old free agent Josh Bidwell on Tuesday, making him the only punter on the team’s current roster and the seventh punter the team has used over the past two years.

Putting on the Green Bay Packers jersey in 1999 as a fourth-round pick, Bidwell spent four seasons in Green Bay from 1999 to 2003 but missed entire of his first season because of testicular cancer. Joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 and spending all the last six years there, he again missed a whole season last season after having surgery on his right hip. His best season was in 2005 when he was selected to the Pro Bowl.

With a career average of 42.8 yards, Bidwell is expected to end the Redskins’ changes in punters. In last season only, the Redskins used four different punters as the first one: Hunter Smith missed three games because of leg injuries. Sam Paulescu, Glenn Pakulak and kicker Shaun Suisham each had a chance to fill in but none of them offered satisfying performance.

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