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Evans, Warner Remain In the Fold

The Redskins announced Wednesday that restricted free agents Demetric Evans and Ron Warner, both defensive ends, have signed their contracts for the 2005 season.

The team had tendered both Evans and Warner their contract offers in early March.

Both players surprised last season, earning a roster spot after training camp and emerging on the NFL's third-ranked defense after a series of injuries to starting defensive end Phillip Daniels.

With Daniels returning and Renaldo Wynn the likely starter at the other defensive end position, Evans and Warner are expected to compete for playing time and provide solid depth along the D-line next season.

Last year, Evans played in 12 games with eight starts. He recorded 31 tackles (15 solo) and 2.5 sacks.

A third-year veteran out of the University of Georgia, Evans first signed with the Redskins during the 2004 offseason after a productive season in NFL Europe and two seasons as a backup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Warner appeared in 14 games for the Redskins in 2004, with two starts. He finished the season with 17 tackles (nine solo), 3.5 sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery.

Also a third-year veteran, Warner initially signed with the Redskins as a free agent prior to the 2003 season. He played his collegiate ball at Kansas.

With the signing of Evans and Warner, quarterback Tim Hasselbeck and safety Andre Lott are the last two restricted free agents not to sign their contracts yet. The deadline for NFL teams to make offers to restricted free agents is Friday, April 15.

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