The Redskins have signed veteran offensive lineman Todd Wade, the team announced on Tuesday. To make room for Wade, the team released lineman Ndukwe Ikuchuku.
Wade, 6-8 and 319 pounds, has mostly played right tackle in seven NFL seasons. He began his pro career as a second-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins, where he played four seasons and started 63 games.
Wade played for the Houston Texans the last two years, starting 23 games at right tackle. His 2005 season was cut short due to a knee injury.
Wade was released by the Texans last July.
"I was looking for the right situation, and when it came down to signing with a team, I knew this was a good one," Wade said on Tuesday. "It was a nice fit."
It's expected that Wade will serve as a backup at offensive tackle, joining third-year player Jim Molinaro and versatile lineman Tyson Walter. The Redskins are set with Pro Bowler Chris Samuels and seven-year veteran Jon Jansen starting at the positions.
The addition of Wade gives the Redskins some insurance at tackle. Molinaro is coming off of arthroscopic knee surgery during training camp, forcing him to miss three preseason games.
"Todd has been a starter in this league," head coach Joe Gibbs said. "You get someone with experience and we think he is real talented. When we worked him out, we were impressed. He fits with us."
Wade played his college ball at Ole Miss, where he was a three-year starter.