Redskins Sign Backup Offensive Linemen

By Bill Brubaker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 24, 2006 12:21 PM

The Washington Redskins today signed a pair of 300-pound offensive linemen, neither of whom is expected to compete for a starting job.

The team said Mike Pucillo, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, and Tyson Walter, formerly of the Houston Texans, will compete for backup roles next season.

Pucillo is a 6-foot-4, 311-pounder who can play guard and center. He attended Auburn University and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills as a seventh-round pick in 2002. He joined the Browns last year.

Over four seasons in the NFL, Pucillo has appeared in 25 games, with 18 starts.

Walter, a 6-foot-4, 303-pound guard and center, was drafted out of Ohio State by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002. He appeared in 40 games and had nine starts as a Cowboy. He was released by the Cowboys last September, and he signed with Houston in November. He did not appear in any games for Houston.

"It is expected that Pucillo and Walter will compete for backup roles next season," the Redskins said on their Web site today. "Coaches are comfortable with the starting five of Chris Samuels, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabach, Randy Thomas and Jon Jansen."

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