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Washington Redskins sign veteran punter Dirk Johnson

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ASHBURN, Va. - The Washington Redskins signed veteran punter Dirk Johnson on Thursday.

Johnson has played seven seasons with New Orleans, Philadelphia, Chicago and Arizona. He struggled with the Cardinals last year, ranking near the bottom of the league in average (41.8) and net average (35.2) before he was cut with four games remaining in the regular season.

Johnson has a 41.7-yard career average and a career net average of 35.9. He punted in the Super Bowl for Philadelphia in the Eagles' loss to New England following the 2004 season.

The Redskins ranked last in the NFL in net 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 last month.

The only other punter on the roster is first-year player Zac Atterberry, who was signed as a free agent in January and has never punted in an NFL game.

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