The NFL schedule-makers weren't kind to the Washington Redskins.<br> <br> The 2003 season opens…
Team Notes: Washington Redskins
Then he abruptly retired before 2002 training camp, having lost his desire to play. That desire apparently has been rekindled, which was enough for Washington to pick up a selection.
--An arbitrator heard the NFLPA's case against the management council on KR Chad Morton, whom Washington signed to an offer sheet that the Jets matched.
The management council had ruled that the Jets were not required to match a void clause in the Redskins' offer; the union later contended that they did. The deal was for five years with the final two easily voidable, basically a gesture by Morton to help Washington out with its cap while retaining the right to be a free agent in 2003.
The NFLPA still feels an outright award of Morton to Washington is possible, though league sources believe it's a remote chance. A decision was expected shortly.
--The Redskins held a workout for local college players on Friday. Among those attending were Maryland punter Brooks Barnard, one of the better options at a position of need for Washington. Veteran DT Darius Holland also was scheduled to be on hand.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's comfortable. He's comfortable with his surroundings. He's comfortable with his teammates. Obviously we have some new ones, but you have to feel very good that they will get to know him. I think last year it was him getting to know them. So now the roles are reversed, and he'll meet them halfway because he's such a good guy and a good person." -- Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on second-year QB Patrick Ramsey.
NEEDS/DRAFT PRIORITIES: The Redskins are looking ahead to the draft after acquiring 11 new players and re-signing one during the first three weeks of the league year. Their priorities are KR, P and reserve DT. The feeling is that no one currently on the market is so compelling that the team shouldn't see what it gets in the draft and then plug holes.
The draft doesn't seem to provide a ton of options at kick returner, but personnel director Vinny Cerrato says it's strong at punter. Veteran P Tom Tupa also is an option. There's a good chance Washington's second-round pick (12th of the round and now the team's highest selection following compensation for Jets WR Laveranues Coles) will be used on a defensive tackle.
The Redskins also are evaluating a few DT options in free agency, including Darius Holland (Minnesota) and Jermaine Haley (Miami, RFA, seventh-round compensation).
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DT Santana Dotson (a bust last year who won't re-sign); LB Eddie Mason (a valuable special teams player with good shot to come back); LB Kevin Mitchell (more strongly considering re-signing though still wants a starting job, which isn't available in Washington); OG Kipp Vickers (a journeyman); QB Danny Wuerffel (won't re-sign now that Rob Johnson has been acquired).
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offer): WR Chris Doering (not tendered as RFA).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENT: S David Terrell (tendered at $605,000 with 7th-round pick as compensation; Redskins are looking to upgrade; Terrell would be the third or fourth safety if he returns).
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: FB Bryan Johnson (tendered at $375,000); LB Antonio Pierce (tendered at $375,000).
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: LS Ethan Albright (cut; $655,000/1 yr, no SB; 2003 cap: $450,000); DT Del Cowsette (potential ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); OG Tre' Johnson (UFA; $680,000/1 yr; $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $475,000); S Ifeanyi Ohalete (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); TE Leonard Stephens (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); OL Alex Sulfsted (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr).
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: S Matt Bowen (RFA Packers; $5.9M/4 yrs, $1.6M SB; 2003 cap: $850,000); OL Wilbert Brown (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); RB Trung Canidate (trade Rams); WR Laveranues Coles (RFA Jets; $35M/7 yrs, $13M SB; 2003 cap: $2.3M); OG Dave Fiore (UFA 49ers; $6.33M/4 yrs; $1.5M SB; 2003 cap: $905,000); OG Lennie Friedman (FA Broncos; $475,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB/$200,000 base guarantee); PK John Hall (UFA Jets; $7.13M/5 yrs, $1.6M SB; 2003 cap: $850,000); QB Rob Johnson (UFA Buccaneers; $2M/2 yrs, $245,000 SB; 2003 cap: $777,500); WR Patrick Johnson (UFA Jaguars; $680,000/1 yr, $150,000 SB); DT Brandon Noble (UFA Cowboys; $6.53M/4 yrs, $1.8M SB; 2003 cap: $980,000); OG Randy Thomas (UFA Jets; $27.63M/7 yrs, $7M SB; 2003 cap: $1.53M); DE Regan Upshaw (FA Raiders; $7.555M/5 yrs, $2M SB; 2003 cap: $1.055M).
PLAYERS LOST: OL David Brandt (traded Packers); PK Jose Cortez (cut); RB Stephen Davis (cut); DT Daryl Gardener (UFA Broncos; $34.87M/7 yrs, $5M SB); CB Darrell Green (retired); P Craig Jarrett (cut); OG David Loverne (traded Rams); QB Shane Matthews (UFA Buccaneers; 1 yr, terms unknown); DL Carl Powell (UFA Bengals; $1.73M/2 yrs, $500,000 SB); TE Walter Rasby (cut); S Sam Shade (cut); OG Brenden Stai (cut); WR Derrius Thompson (UFA Dolphins; 3 yrs, terms unknown).
MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.
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