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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Zastudil Signs with Browns




Posted: Thursday April 13, 2006 4:34PM

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP)—The Baltimore Ravens signed veteran punter Leo Araguz to a one-year contract Thursday, replacing Dave Zastudil.

Zastudil signed a five-year, $8 million contract with the Cleveland Browns during the opening weekend of free agency.

Before deciding on Araguz, the Ravens auditioned Philadelphia Eagles restricted free agent Dirk Johnson and former Atlanta Falcons punter Toby Gowin.

They tried to sign Carolina Panthers standout Jason Baker, but Baker re-signed with Carolina for a two-year, $1.8 million contract that included a $400,000 signing bonus.

Araguz entered the league in 1996 with the Oakland Raiders and played for the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, and the Seattle Seahawks. His career statistics include a 42.6 yard average, placed 97 kicks inside the 20, and a career-best of 64 yards.

"Leo has been a very solid punter in the league for a number of years, and I like the experience he can bring to this team," Ravens special teams coordinator Frank Gansz Jr. said. "In addition to that, he is a steady and consistent holder," said Gansz.

The terms of Araguz’ contract were not disclosed.

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