Redskins sign Hunter Smith

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 The Redskins have agreed to a 1-year deal with former Indianapolis punter Hunter Smith. The 31-year-old Smith averaged 43.4 yards gross and 35.5 net during his decade with the Colts while playing all of his home games indoors.

The addition of Smith, who averaged 44.2 gross and 38.8 net in 2008, should make either veteran Dirk Johnson, 33, or the untested Zac Atterberry, each of whom signed earlier this offseason, expendable. Rookie Durant Brooks and veteran Ryan Plackemeier combined to give the Redskins the NFL’s worst punting last season.

Smith visited Green Bay and Washington before making his decision.

“It took a while to get it done, but we knew the Redskins had an interest in Hunter because of what happened last year,” said Smith’s agent, Tom Mills.

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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