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Redskins Sign Quarterback Collins

March 15, 2006

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) _ The Washington Redskins signed quarterback Todd Collins to a two-year, $2.5 million contract Tuesday, giving the team a veteran backup to replace Patrick Ramsey.

Collins, who will receive a $450,000 signing bonus, is the sixth player acquired by the Redskins since the start of free agency. He is expected to work behind starter Mark Brunell, while second-year player Jason Campbell develops.

``They were pretty clear that he’d be second-string,″ said Collins’ agent, Brad Blank.

The Redskins also formally announced that linebacker-defensive end Andre Carter agreed to terms. Carter, who reportedly will sign a six-year contract worth $30 million, will be introduced at Redskins Park on Wednesday.

Collins has played sparingly in his NFL career, starting only 17 games over 11 seasons with Buffalo and Kansas City. With the Chiefs, he played for offensive coordinator Al Saunders, who is now the assistant coach in charge of the Washington offense.

Ramsey, who began last year as the starter before losing the job to Brunell, has been granted permission to seek a trade.

The Redskins also lost free agent safety Ryan Clark, who signed a four-year contract with Pittsburgh. Clark became expendable when Washington signed Adam Archuleta on Monday.

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