DT Ted Washington – 1995
Ted Washington was a part of a scandal with the San Francisco 49ers early in his career, but looked to turn a new leaf in Buffalo. After spending three years with the 49ers and then one year with the Broncos, he signed with the Bills as an unrestricted free agent.
He would stay with the team for the next six years and enjoy his best years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, making him a great free agent signing.
Ted Washington would be a great compliment to Bruce Smith and would help the Bills to the playoffs in four of those six years, although they would lose in the Wild Card three of those times. He was a consistent player, not missing one game in his stint with the Buffalo Bills.
After tying a career high in 1995 (first season with Buffalo) with 53 tackles, Washington would follow that up with 93 tackles in 1996 and 80 in 1997. In those three years, he combined for 10 sacks.
In his final three years with Buffalo, he would only finish with 49 tackles, 45 tackles and 58 tackles, while combining for another 9.5 sacks. His production with the 6 teams he played for in his 17 seasons wouldn’t match what he was able to do in Buffalo.
Ted Washington was also named to three Pro Bowls in 1996, 1997 and 2000. He would leave the Bills after the 2000 season, due to the team having cap space issues. Washington refused to take a pay cut for the second consecutive season, leading to his departure.
Washington retired in 2007.