Redskins Sign Punter Josh Bidwell

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The Hunter the Punter era is over. Redskins signed Josh Bidwell, the free agent Punter from the Buccaneers. Bidwell, who just turned 34, was a 4th round pick for Green Bay in 1999 and managed a Pro-Bowl appearance in 2005. He's an upgrade from Hunter statistically in pretty much every category (except for rushing and passing TDs). Unlike last year, I doubt the head coach will spend the first 3 minutes of his intro speech on Fan Appreciation Day at Training Camp talking about this signing. It's hard to get excited since he was put on injured reserve last August for a hip injury. Statistically, he was better than Hunter Smith before the injury.

 

A comparison to Hunter Smith's stats after the jump.

Josh Bidwell Career Stats
 Career Stats Punting
 Season Team G   Punt Yds Avg Long In20 In10 FC TB Blk  
 2000-01 Green Bay 16   78 3003 38.5 53 22 6 27 5 0  
 2001-02 Green Bay 16   82 3485 42.5 68 21 8 19 10 0  
 2002-03 Green Bay 16   79 3296 41.7 57 26 4 22 6 0  
 2003-04 Green Bay 16   69 2875 41.7 60 16 4 15 7 0  
 2004-05 Tampa Bay 16   82 3472 42.3 60 23 2 24 7 1  
 2005-06 Tampa Bay 16   90 4101 45.6 61 24 5 16 13 0  
 2006-07 Tampa Bay 16   93 4045 43.5 59 20 5 16 7 0  
 2007-08 Tampa Bay 16   77 3382 43.9 61 30 12 11 10 1  
 2008-09 Tampa Bay 16   77 3426 44.5 64 27 7 10 7 0  
 Career 144   727 31085 42.8 68 209 53 160 72 2  

 

Hunter Smith's Career Stats
 Career Stats Punting
 Season Team G   Punt Yds Avg Long In20 In10 FC TB Blk  
 1999-00 Indianapolis 16   58 2467 42.5 61 16 5 9 8 2  
 2000-01 Indianapolis 16   65 2906 44.7 65 20 4 21 9 0  
 2001-02 Indianapolis 16   68 3023 44.5 65 12 5 13 12 0  
 2002-03 Indianapolis 16   66 2672 40.5 69 26 7 17 9 1  
 2003-04 Indianapolis 16   62 2617 42.2 55 20 7 15 3 1  
 2004-05 Indianapolis 16   54 2443 45.2 62 21 9 13 3 0  
 2005-06 Indianapolis 16   52 2301 44.3 58 23 10 15 5 0  
 2006-07 Indianapolis 16   47 2085 44.4 61 14 6 9 5 1  
 2007-08 Indianapolis 16   52 2181 41.9 63 18 7 13 5 0  
 2008-09 Indianapolis 16   53 2343 44.2 64 23 10 11 2 0  
 2009-10 Washington 13   57 2356 41.3 59 23 3 23 5 0  
 Career 173   634 27394 43.2 69 216 73 159 66 5

 

 

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