- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Ray Brown, the oldest offensive lineman in NFL history, said yesterday he will re-sign with the Washington Redskins today.

The 42-year-old Brown, who started 13 games at right tackle last season in place of the injured Jon Jansen, said he would sign a one-year deal. The contract likely will include a small bonus.

Brown played for the Redskins from 1989 to 1995 and returned to Washington in August after eight years with San Francisco and Detroit. He said late last season he either would play for the Redskins in 2005 or retire, and coach Joe Gibbs said throughout the free agent signing period Brown would be back. With Jansen healthy again, Brown is expected to become Washington’s top reserve lineman.

Defensive end Ron Warner, another pleasant surprise in 2004, also said he plans to re-sign with Washington. The 28-year-old Warner, a restricted free agent whose offers the Redskins have the right to match, said he hasn’t pursued other opportunities because he was happy with the way he fit into assistant head coach Gregg Williams’ defense. Warner said his decision wasn’t affected by free agent end Courtney Brown’s choice of Denver over Washington on Monday.

Warner, who played in 14 games and started two after coming to training camp as a long shot, will compete with Demetric Evans to be the top reserve behind starters Renaldo Wynn and Phillip Daniels.

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