The Washington Times - February 26, 2009, 11:52AM

Interesting story coming out of Buffalo today where the Bills have given up on left guard Derrick Dockery just two years into his seven-year, $49 million contract.

Dockery started his career with the Redskins and Washington would have liked to re-sign him until the Bills swooped in with their incredible offer.

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The Redskins would be wise to consider bringing back Dockery if they believe Pete Kendall is out of gas. It would cost more than a one- or two-year deal for Kendall would cost, but it would firm up the position and make the line younger. Dockery will be 28 in September.

Also on the free agent front, the Redskins obviously need a punter and veteran Hunter Smith would appear to be a good fit.

The Redskins aren’t allowed to contact Smith’s agent, Tom Mills, until 12:01 a.m. Friday even though Smith opted out of his contract with Indianapolis. The contract doesn’t expire until midnight.

Smith’s 38.8-yard net average was far better than the Redskins’ collective 33.4-yard net average, which was last in the NFL. Smith spent the first 10 years of his career kicking half of his games indoors but he’s worth a look.

Mills said if the Redskins are interested, Smith is interested.

“It would be a logical destination,” Mills said. “We’ve been thinking about them.”

- Ryan O’Halloran