Ethan Albright hopes to remain a Redskin
Long snapper Ethan Albright just completed his 15th season in the NFL,
so he understands how these things work. The Redskins have an
offseason to-do list, and the new regime has initiated sweeping roster
change, so he figures they're a little busy.
When things slow down a bit, though, Albright, an unrestricted free
agent, hopes the Redskins will include him in their new plans.
"Without question, I want to come back to the Redskins," Albright said
today in a phone interview. "I think everybody at Redskins Park knows
I love it there. I've had a great experience in my time. And at my age
and experience, I mean, I don't want to go and start over somewhere
"I like playing where I've got a track record and where I know my
teammates. I love lining up next to Mike Sellers and Lorenzo Alexander
and Todd Yoder and those guys. I've got a little bit of chemistry on
punt protection with the guys that I've been working with. And I
wouldn't want to go start fresh somewhere else."
Albright, 38, has been with the Redskins for nine seasons. Only
offensive lineman Chris Samuels, who officially retired Thursday, had
more time on the roster. Albright has never missed a game since
joining Washington before the 2001 season. He was selected to the Pro
Bowl after the 2007 season.
"Obviously, what Ethan does isn't glorious by any means," center Casey
Rabach said in a phone interview. "He never gets the press that he
deserves or wants the press. But to have a guy who you never have to
worry about with a missed snap or a fumbled snap or a mishap on
critical punts in a game - that's invaluable. And that's what's Ethan
has done for the Redskins and throughout his long career. And
hopefully to have him back ... it would pay huge dividends for this
In January, the Redskins signed long snapper Nick Sundberg, 22, who was most recently with the Baltimore Ravens. Coach Mike Shanahan has stressed he wants competition at every position, and special teams coordinator Danny Smith has been among Albright's strongest supporters in the organization.
"My plan is to be back with the Redskins," Albright said. "Sometimes it
happens quick, sometimes there's a pecking order and you wait your
turn. I would imagine if I don't hear from 'em in the next week or
two, well, yeah, I'm going to have to start making alternate plans. I
guess I would have to start making some calls.
"But I haven't even looked around the league to see who has a need.
I've been focused on being here. When [Joe] Gibbs took over, it took a
couple of weeks into free agency where they went through their pecking
order and studied the team and who they wanted back. It worked out."
Albright has played under four head coaches with the Redskins, "but
there's been pretty good stability on special teams. And I enjoy
playing for Danny, man. He is prepared. ... He keeps me sharp and I like
that. Without question, he has helped me."
If given a chance, Albright is confident he could still contribute at
a high level.
"I'll put the game film out there," he said. "If they study the game
film, I'd be surprised if anybody at Redskins Park says that I can't
play anymore. That's not to say that they may not want a younger guy
to develop for the future.
"I have no idea what's going through their minds. But I'll put my game
film up against anybody in the league. I'm very confident that I can
still do the job and help the team win."
March 6, 2010; 3:44 PM ET
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