CLEVELAND (March 13, 2006) -- The Cleveland Browns
signed veteran nose tackle Ted Washington to a
two-year contract to bolster the team's run defense.
The 14-year veteran -- 6-foot-5 and 365 pounds -- recently was released
by the Oakland Raiders for salary-cap reasons. He also has played with
San Francisco, Denver, Buffalo, Chicago and spent a season with Browns
coach Romeo Crennel in New England.
Washington, a four-time Pro Bowl pick who will turn 38 on April 13, is
one of the league's premier run-stuffers.
Washington's agent, Angelo Wright, said the Dolphins, Ravens, Panthers
and Jets expressed an interest in Washington but he chose Cleveland
because of the Crennel connection.
The signing is the fifth for the Browns since the first day of free
agency on March 11 and the first on defense.
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