Redskins Sign Murray, Bentley, Shedd
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) _ Unable to find success with one kicker, the Washington Redskins are going to play with two.
The Redskins on Thursday welcomed back 44-year-old Eddie Murray to handle field goals and signed Scott Bentley for kickoffs. They are the fourth and fifth kickers employed by the team this season, and Bentley becomes the 10th kicker used by coach Norv Turner is his 6 1/2 years as coach.
The Redskins also signed former Oakland Raiders receiver Kenny Shedd to bolster the special teams. To make room on the roster, linebacker Reggie Givens and guard Derek Fletcher were released.
This will be Murray’s 19th NFL season. A seventh-round draft pick by Detroit in 1980, he spent his first 12 years with the Lions. He has since played for Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Minnesota and Dallas again.
Murray’s 1,563 points ranks third among active players. During his first stint in Washington in 1995, he made 27 of 36 field goals and all 33 extra points.
At his age, Murray doesn’t have much range, but all Turner wants from a field goal kicker is someone who is accurate inside 40 yards. Murray once made 28 in a row inside 40, a streak that ended early in 1995.
Bentley has played in only six NFL games with Denver, Atlanta and Kansas City since leaving Florida State in 1997, and he was used as a kickoff specialist in three of those.
``You don’t want to do that. That’s why we made the move with Eddie″ when he was cut in 1996, Turner said. ``We thought we had a guy that could do both, and over a period of time we haven’t been able to come up with that guy.″
The Redskins began the year with Brett Conway, but he was released after he aggravated a quad muscle injury two games into the season. He was replaced by Michael Husted, who made two game-winning field goals but was 0-for-4 beyond 28 yards over four games.
Kris Heppner also lasted four games, but he was released Monday after missing from 51 and 33 yards in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 16-15 loss to Arizona.
The Redskins auditioned Murray, Bentley, Jimmy Kibble, Dan McGuire and Jon Baker for the kicking job Wednesday. Shedd, Corey Chamblin and Ruffin Hamilton tried out for special teams.
Shedd caught 16 passes for 252 yards in 59 games over the last four years with Oakland.
The Redskins have a bye this week, with their next game Nov. 20 at St. Louis.