Longtime Indianapolis Colts punter and former Sherman Bearcat Hunter Smith will join the Washington Redskins next season.
"Hunter has agreed to terms with the Redskins," Thomas Mills,
Smith's agent, wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Smith also confirmed the move to KXII-TV.
Smith is from Sherman, Texas, about 60 miles north of Dallas, and was visiting there this week.
Smith has never missed a game in 10 years with the Colts, but he
became a free agent after last season and the Colts didn't re-sign
him. He played in 114 wins with Indianapolis. Only Peyton Manning
has more wins among active Colts with 117.
Smith has averaged 43.4 yards per punt in his career. He
averaged 44.2 yards last season, and his 38.8 net yards per punt
last season was the highest total of his career.
The Redskins ranked last in the NFL in net punting average last
season. Draft pick Durant Brooks won the job over incumbent Derrick
Frost during training camp, then was cut and replaced by Ryan
Plackemeier in October. Plackemeier was released in February.
The Redskins have signed two other punters this offseason,
veteran Dirk Johnson and first-year player Zac Atterberry.