Jammal Brown trade is "very positive for the Redskins," says Artis Hicks

Rick Maese and Jason Reid
Copyright 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010; 9:11 PM

The addition of Jammal Brown will no doubt force some shuffling on the Redskins' offensive line. But Artis Hicks, who will likely lose the right tackle spot to Brown, isn't complaining. "It's always a great thing when you can get one of the best left tackles in the game over the last few years on your roster," Hicks said in a phone interview. "And before he was a left tackle he was a right tackle, so you know it was only going to be a matter of time before some change was made, whatever it is. "But the bottom line is it's all about getting the best 53 guys. It's not about one guy. So when you've been in the league as long as I have, and something like this transpires, you can see the positives as well as the negatives. Overall, this is very positive for the Redskins, so I think it's a great move for us." When Hicks was signed as a free agent in March, coaches lauded him for his versatility. And though he might not begin the season as the starting right tackle, he should have a good shot at the right guard job. He says he's excited about his upcoming competition with Mike Williams, who lined up at right guard during the team's offseason workouts. "Well, nothing is etched in stone, but it looks like that's where I'm headed," Hicks said. "I know Mike Williams is going to want to stay there, too, so it's going to be about competition. That's just a good thing for everyone, and I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure he is, too."

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