Most Important Redskin: The Punter!

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    Who would leave all this?

    Hunter the Punter, otherwise known as Hunter Smith, may be getting the boot.

    The Redskins signed 11-year veteran punter Josh Bidwell.

    It begs the question, Why try to fix the one thing that wasn't broken? Smith not only had the highest net average of any Redskins punter in a decade, but he also excelled on offense. Remember the trick plays that resulted in a touchdown run and a touchdown pass?

    Smith, a free agent, averaged 41.3 yards per punt last season.

    He could end up re-signing with the Redskins and compete with Bidwell in training camp.

    So why did the Redskins sign Bidwell? Maybe familiarity with management. Bidwell punted for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under General Manager Bruce Allen. Bidwell spent the past six seasons with the Bucs. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and has a career average of 42.8 yards, but did not play last season because of a hip injury.

    But if Bidwell is the guy next season, someone has to come up with a good nickname for him.