Another O-Lineman for Redskins

Another O-Lineman for Redskins

WarpathInsiders.com has learned that the Redskins have signed offensive lineman Tyson Walter, formerly of the Houston Texans.

Overview:

Tyson Walter, 6-4, 303, spent his first three NFL years in Dallas, where he started nine games, mostly at center. Dallas selected him out of Ohio State in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL draft.

Eight of his starts with Dallas came in his rookie 2002 season, the Cowboys' last under Dave Campo. Apparently, when Bill Parcells came in, he wasn't very impressed with what he saw on film. In the second round of his initial draft, the Cowboy took center Al Johnson of Wisconsin. He spent most of his time after that as a reserve.

Scouting Report:

Scout.com's scouting report on Walter:

Tyson Walter is an intelligent lineman that plays with solid fundamentals. He blocks with forward lean, quick with his hands and keeps his feet moving in pass protection. Displays "punch" at the point of attack, rides defenders out of their rush angles and a patient lineman that waits for defenders to make his move instead of overextending and getting beat.

Personal Notes:

In a rather bizarre occurrence in 2003, Walter sued former OSU teammate LeCharles Bentley, who just signed a large NFL contract with the Browns, for $2 million dollars. Walter alleged that Bentley had punched him in 2000. The case was settled with a judge awarding Walter $6,000.

During the 2004 offseason, Walter showed that he has a pretty good head on his shoulders, working to gain some practical business experience. Walter worked between 15 to 20 hours a week at United Development Funding in Dallas, where he helped finance real estate development. The job is part of an internship program run by the NFL's player development department.

"The plan is to give myself the most options after football and go from there," Walter said. "You can either sit around and play video games or try to advance yourself."

A three-time choice on the Big Ten all-academic team while at Ohio State, Walter graduated with degrees in finance, economics and risk management. He contacted former Cowboys running back Calvin Hill, a consultant with player development for the team, expressing interest in working with finance.

"You have to be prepared," Walter said. "In 10 years, without a doubt I'll be out of the league. I may be out in 10 days."

At United Development Funding, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Walter puts together market research data and macroeconomic data.

"Business is about people, and Tyson is clearly a winner," said Hollis Greenlaw, president of United Development Funding.

"If the average lifespan is 75 years, and the average career of a football player is three or four, you're looking at 5 percent of your life basically," Walter said. "You can't help but realize football's what you do for a few years before you get out in the real world."

Walter is studying for his Series 7 exam, a New York Stock Exchange test that allows an individual to trade securities, and joked that he might even own a football team someday.

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