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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; February 24, 1995 -- Buying in bulk

The Buffalo Bills needed some bulk in the middle of their defense. Ted Washington certainly fit that job description.

Therefore, Washington was a natural to come to the Bills as a free agent.

"They need somebody here to get the job done, and I think I'm the guy," the Bills' newest defensive lineman said this day. "I'm going to try to help them get back to the Super Bowl and this time finish the job. In other words, win."

Washington signed a three-year contract worth $3.3 million. Washington joined Jim Jeffcoat as new additions on the Bills' defensive line.

"(General Manager) John Butler and (team owner) Ralph Wilson were very aggressive in their efforts to sign Jim Jeffcoat and Ted Washington," Bills coach Marv Levy said. "I think we made some very positive steps in the right direction. We know that everything that happens during free agency isn't exactly the way you would have wanted it. But in the case of these two players, it was exactly the way we would have wanted it."

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Washington had spent three years with San Francisco and a fourth with Denver. After six line-plugging years with the Bills, Washington played seven more seasons with four different teams before retiring.

-- Budd Bailey

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