The Washington Redskins announced March 30 they have re-signed offensive lineman Ray Brown. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Brown is an experienced, talented and hard-working player with phenomenal athletic ability who spent five seasons of his 19-year career with the Washington Redskins prior to re-joining the team in August 2004. He will be heading into his 20th season in the NFL and will provide steady leadership and continued depth to the Redskins offensive line.
At 42 years old, Brown is the oldest offensive lineman in NFL history.
Brown re-joined the Redskins for a second time in the 2004 preseason after starting right tackle Jon Jansen suffered a season-ending injury. He quickly moved from a reserve role to a starter, appearing in all 16 games and starting 14. He started 13 games at right tackle and one at right guard while also playing in a reserve role twice. Brown's experience and versatility were key factors in helping running back Clinton Portis rush for 1,315 yards.
Brown, 6-5 and 318 pounds, has started all 16 games in six of the past seven seasons and has started no less than 14 games each year since the 1993 season. During his career, he has started 203 games and has appeared in 246.
Prior to joining the Redskins in 2004, Brown played two seasons with Detroit (2002-03), six seasons with San Francisco (1996-2001), five with Washington (1989-95), one with Phoenix (1988) and his first two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (1986-87). He had his best season in 2001 with the 49ers when he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Brown joined the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals as an eighth-round selection (201st overall) in the 1986 NFL Draft. Prior to the NFL he starred at Arkansas State, where he became the first player in All-Southland Conference history to be named to first-team All-Conference at two positions in the same season (offensive line and tight end).