Instead, Smith's Washington career might have lasted all of one season after a decade in Indianapolis. The Redskins signed former Tampa Bay punter Josh Bidwell on March 23.
Bidwell spent five years (2004-08) with new Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and the Bucs.
Unlike free agent Smith, Bidwell has been to the Pro Bowl -- in 2005 when he averaged 45.6 yards gross and 37.5 net. Bidwell holds Tampa's career records for gross average (44.0), punts (419) and punts inside the 20-yard line (124) as well as the top four season gross averages and three of the top five net averages.
Bidwell, 34, missed all of last season with a hip injury and was cut by the Bucs prior to the start of this year's free agent signing period.
--The Redskins had one player among the 25 who received the most performance-based pay for 2009. That was third-year offensive tackle Stephon Heyer. The one-time rookie free agent, who started all 16 games last year despite a lingering sprained knee, received $265,636 in performance-based pay, the 19th-most in the league.
--Squelching rumors that new coach Mike Shanahan would take the players away for training camp, the Redskins announced March 23 that they will spend an eighth straight summer at Redskins Park, where they had trained just once (2000) during its previous 31 years.
"I have heard about the passionate fans and the huge, enthusiastic crowds that come out to support our team during training camp," Shanahan said in a statement released by the team.
"I'm looking forward to sharing in this experience for the first time. Staying in Loudoun County was the best thing for the Redskins. We have brand-new practice fields, ample meeting room space, a terrific relationship with Loudoun County (Va.) and everything we need to have an outstanding training camp."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's won Super Bowls and that's where we're trying to get. I'm excited he's here. From the first day he stepped into Redskin Park, there was a tone set, a message set where everybody has to bring their 'A' game or they won't be here. That's why everybody's here working hard trying to get better." -- Second-year OLB Brian Orakpo on the effect new coach Mike Shanahan is having on the Redskins.
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