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Redskins Sign Dahl to Replace Brown

March 5, 1996

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) _ Filling the hole left by the departure of Ray Brown, the Washington Redskins on Monday signed free agent guard Bob Dahl, who spent the last four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Dahl, 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, will be the likely starter at left guard, a spot held by Brown for all but four plays last season. Brown signed a five-year, $10 million deal last month with the San Francisco 49ers.

Dahl signed a three-year contract worth $6 million, including a $1.8 million signing bonus.

``I think one my priorities was getting into a good situation I could fit in with,″ Dahl said. ``I’m used to being a starter and that’s what I intend to do, and I think that’s what they’ll have me do. There’s a pretty good fit there.″

Dahl started all 16 games for the Browns last season and had been a regular since 1992. Things went downhill when owner Art Modell announced late last season the team would relocate to Baltimore, and Dahl said he was hard-pressed to consider moving with the team.

``From the situation I came from, I feel really good about (Redskins owner) Jack Kent Cooke,″ Dahl said. ``It would have been a tough scenario to get back into that game (with the former Browns).″

Dahl is the first free agent from another team to sign with the Redskins this offseason. The Redskins have also re-signed tackle Ed Simmons, wide receiver Henry Ellard and defensive tackle Marc Boutte.

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