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Redskins Sign Tupa

The Redskins have completed the signing of veteran punter Tom Tupa. He had spent two days at Redskins Park last week but officially signed his contract Tuesday.

Tupa, who will replace Bryan Barker at punter, has consistently shown himself to be one of the NFL's most talented and successful punters. A versatile athlete with both Pro Bowl and Super Bowl experience, he has also seen NFL action at quarterback.

A 15-year NFL veteran, Tupa has played in 203 career games with 13 starts, spending the past two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He previously spent three seasons each with the Jets (1999-2001), New England Patriots (1996-98) and Cleveland Browns (1993-95) after spending one season with the Indianapolis Colts (1992).

Tupa started his NFL career with the then-Phoenix Cardinals, spending his first four years with the franchise (1988-91). Tupa has punted 770 times during his career for a 43.3 gross average and a 35.4 net average, recording a 73-yard long. 193 of his punts have been inside-the-20.

Tupa has been to the postseason four times, logging 58 punts for 2,356 yards for a 40.6 gross average and a 32.6 net. He has also logged time at quarterback as a pro, starting 13 games and completing 259-of-506 passes for 3,340 yards and 12 touchdowns.

With the Bucs last season, Tupa punted 83 times for 3,590 yards with 43.3 gross average and a 35.9 net average, with a long of 60 yards. He finished the season ranked third in the NFC with a 43.3-yard average, the best single-season average in team history. He also ranked fifth in the NFC with punts inside-the-20 (26) and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week following the Bucs win over Atlanta in Week 3.

Tupa had his best season a pro in 1999 with the Jets, earning his first invitation to the Pro Bowl. He had 81 punts for 3,659 yards with a 45.2 gross average and a 38.2 net. He also had seven touchbacks, 25 punts inside-the-20 and a long of 69-yards. Tupa played with Redskins placekicker John Hall for three seasons while he was with the New York Jets, serving as placement holder on all kicks.

A native of Cleveland, Tupa originally entered the league as a third round selection (68th overall) by the then-Phoenix Cardinals in the 1988 NFL Draft. He was a four-year starter (1984-87) at quarterback and punter at Ohio State. He ranks as the school's all-time leading punter with a 44.7-yard career average on 214 punts.

Tupa also finished his Buckeye career completing 171-of-304 passes for 2,252 yards with 15 touchdowns.

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