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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Beef in the middle

   February 24, 1995 -- 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. "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 sighned 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 spent three years with San Francisco and a fourth with Denver. After six line-blugging years with the Bills, Washington played seven more seasons with four different teams before retiring.

--- Budd Bailey

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