Lineman to re-sign for likely 20th -- and final -- season

Updated: March 30, 2005, 2:02 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Already the oldest offensive lineman to play in a regular-season game, Ray Brown is set to continue that distinction after reaching a contract agreement to rejoin the Washington Redskins.

Ray Brown
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The 42-year-old Brown on Wednesday will sign a one-year contract that includes a minimum salary of $765,000 for his 20th -- and likely final -- NFL season. He is projected as the team's top offensive line backup, and there are indications the Redskins are grooming him for a future position on their coaching staff.

Citing the Elias Sports Bureau, The Associated Press reported Brown is the oldest NFL lineman since World War II and possibly the oldest since the 1920s. Birth dates are not listed in the record books for many players in the first half of the 20th century, according to AP.

The Redskins signed Brown in desperation last summer after starting right offensive tackle Jon Jansen sustained a season-ending Achilles injury. Despite having spent most of his career at guard, a position where he earned Pro Bowl honors, Brown started 13 games at right tackle and performed surprisingly well.

In all, Brown played in all 16 games, with 14 starts last season.

A former Arkansas State player who entered the league in 1986 as an eighth-round pick of the then-St. Louis Cardinals, Brown has been rehabilitating from offseason surgeries to his right ankle and left knee. He is nearly recovered from those procedures and should be able participate in the Redskins' formal conditioning programs.

Brown has appeared in 247 career games, starting 203, in stints with the Cardinals (1986-88), Redskins (1989-95 and 2004), 49ers (1996-2001) and Lions (2002-03). In the period of 1989-91, he played only seven games and started none. Since then, Brown has missed only one game and started 14 or more games in all but one season.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.