The Redskins are cornering the market on offensive linemen who didn’t do well in Buffalo.
Less than two months after re-signing guard Derrick Dockery, who had been cut by the Bills two years after signing a seven-year, $49 million deal to leave Washington, the Redskins signed tackle Mike Williams today.
The fourth pick in the 2002 draft, Williams, listed at 370 pounds in his final NFL season, lasted four years with the Bills before they cut him after the 2005 season because he would’ve counted a whopping $10.8 million against the 2006 salary cap.
Bills general manager Marv Levy, a Hall of Fame coach, didn’t like Williams’ work ethic also questioned Williams’ work ethic at both right tackle and left guard.
Since Williams, 29, was out of the league the past two years — he was with Jacksonville in 2006 but didn’t play — his addition doesn’t figure to change Washington’s hope to add a starter-level tackle in this weekend’s draft.
One thing that changed was Dirk Johnson’s spot on the roster. He had signed on Mar. 5 and was the favorite to be the punter and holder in 2009, but Thursday’s addition of the more accomplished and younger Hunter Smith prompted Johnson’s release today.
— David Elfin