Redskins Sign Artis Hicks!

As the Redskins continue to make moves to improve the franchise, the new regime signed free agent guard, Artis Hicks to a three-year deal.

Hicks (6-4, 335) has played in 94 career games with 58 starts in an eight-year career with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-2009) and the Philadelphia Eagles (2002-05). During that time he has been part of five division-winning clubs (Philadelphia 2002-04, Minnesota 2008-08).

Hicks, 31, played in a career-best 16 games with three starts for the Vikings in 2009as they finished fourth in the National Football League in total offense and advanced to the NFC Championship Game. Overall, Hicks played in 56 games with 27 starts with the Vikings and was part of an offense that was fourth in the NFL in rushing over the past four seasons.

Hicks, 31, was a member of the Vikings' offensive line that paved the way for Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson to rush for three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (2007-09), including a career-best 1,760 rushing yards on 363 carries (4.8 ypg) in 2008. Hicks also helped Vikings running back Chester Taylor to rush for a career-high 1,216 yards in 2006.

Prior to joining the Vikings, Hicks began his career as a member of the Eagles and played in 38 career games with 31 starts. Hicks started at left guard in 14 games with the Eagles in 2004 as they advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX against the New England Patriots.

Hicks originally entered the NFL with the Eagles in 2002 as a college free agent from Memphis. Born on Nov. 28, 1978, Hicks is a native of Jackson, Tenn.

The Redskins also signed Casey Rabach to the squad.

Rabach, 32, has started at center for the Redskins in 79 of the team’s past 80 games (inactive with groin injury vs. Arizona on 10/21/07). Rabach started all 16 games in 2005 and 2008 when running back Clinton Portis set the two highest single-season rushing totals in franchise history (1,516 in 2005 and 1,487 in 2008).

Rabach, a nine-year veteran has played the last five seasons in Washington after spending the first four years of his career in Baltimore. Overall, Rabach has appeared in 121 regular season contests, with 102 starts, since being selected by the Ravens in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin.

The Skins also made a sweep of Redskins Park last week during free agency week, cutting most of its veteran players in the age range of thirty. Among the sweep of the 30/30 club, receiver Antwaan Randle El, defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin, guard Randy Thomas, kick returner Rock Cartwright, cornerback Fred Smoot, running back Ladell Betts and backup quarterback Todd Collins.

Is that age discrimination? I'm just asking.

Also, out at the Park, the tendered, and returning former free agent quarterback, Jason Campbell remains with the Skins for at least one more year.

Also returning are restricted free agent linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (contract extension) and signed defensive end Phillip Daniels, along with offensive lineman Mike Williams.

Redskins management, gettin' it done!

FedEx Field to be the site of the upcoming University of Notre Dame v. University of Maryland game on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. This will be Notre Dame’s second trip to FedExField. The Fighting Irish defeated Navy 30-0 on Nov. 14, 1998.

FedExField will also host Virginia Tech vs. Boise State on Sept. 6, 2010, as well as the Penn State vs. Indiana game on Nov. 20, 2010. The 112th Army-Navy Game on Dec. 10, 2011 and Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati in 2012 will also be held at FedEx Field.