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Redskins report: Inside slant

June 30, 2003

Notes, quotes, anecdotes | Strategy and personnel

Don't expect Big Daddy to be going anywhere.

Although the Washington Redskins would like defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson to take a pay cut and could threaten to cut him, the truth is the team has little leverage.

Wilkinson is scheduled to receive $3.5 million in base salary in 2003, clearly too high a price. He slumped in 2002, recording just 17 tackles despite playing alongside star Daryl Gardener, and his best years a Redskin (15 1/2 sacks in 1998 and 1999) are far removed.

At this point in his career, it's hard to remember that he was once the No. 1 overall pick by Cincinnati, in 1994.

Nonetheless, the Redskins need Wilkinson. He remains the most likely playmaker in an interior rotation that includes blue-collar Brandon Noble, run-stopping Jermaine Haley and unproven Del Cowsette. With Wilkinson, Washington's interior is suspect; without him, it's a potential disaster.

Moreover, there aren't any starting-quality defensive tackles on the market--none even good enough for Washington to use as leverage against Big Daddy.

The only instance in which there might be movement on the Wilkinson pay front is in training camp. At that point another defensive tackle could get cut (that was when Washington grabbed Gardener last year). Or some team might find it has a surplus of quality defensive tackles and be willing to trade one for a draft pick.

But for now, Washington's hopes for a lower salary rely on Wilkinson being generous. And that's a long shot considering his comments about the organization early in the offseason.

"After a while, just like any corporation, people get upset and see what's going on," Wilkinson said. "This used to be one of the highly touted places to be a part of. That's not the case anymore. They may think they are but they're not. Free agents are looking at a lot of other places before looking here. And that changed all within the last three or four years."

The bright aspect of Wilkinson's situation is his trimmed weight (he's in the low 300s now, after settling in the 350-pound range last season). He is determined to play leaner and stronger this year.

Also, the presence of Noble should give Big Daddy a boost. Noble is a true nose guard, a position that's tough to play and leads to few tackles. Playmaking DTs like to be on the outside edge of the opposing guard, where they can rush the passer and hopefully avoid double-teams. Noble's presence should allow that for Wilkinson.


Redskins report: Notes, quotes, anecdotes

June 30, 2003

Inside slant | Strategy and personnel

--DT Jermaine Haley could play the 2003 season without suspension by continuing to request continuances in his DUI case. The first continuance, a joint one, was issued recently. The Florida state attorney's office now expects a series of continuance requests by the defense to last through the season. The NFL confirmed that Haley would not be punished until his case is resolved in court. He is expected to receive a suspension if convicted, because he also was convicted of DUI in 2001.

--Rumors of Frank Herzog's departure from the Redskins' radio broadcast appear to be false. It had been rumored that Herzog would be replaced as the play-by-play man on the iconic Sonny, Sam & Frank team (with Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff) by Larry Michael, who also works for WJFK-FM. But Herzog has been told that everything is scheduled to stay the same for 2003.


"If we can't succeed this year, we're going to have to scratch our heads. We do have a lot of guys. Obviously we have to come together as a team, but I think we've got really good talent." -- Quarterback Patrick Ramsey on the Redskins' perceived talent.


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Redskins report: Strategy and personnel

June 30, 2003

Notes, quotes, anecdotes | Inside slant




UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): DT Santana Dotson (not tendered as UFA); LB Eddie Mason (not tendered as UFA); OG Kipp Vickers (not tendered as UFA); QB Danny Wuerffel (not tendered as UFA).





PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: LS Ethan Albright (cut; $655,000/1 yr, no SB; 2003 cap: $450,000); OL Wilbert Brown (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); DT Del Cowsette (potential ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); FB Bryan Johnson (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); OG Tre' Johnson (UFA; $680,000/1 yr; $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $475,000); LB Kevin Mitchell (UFA; $680,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $475,000); S Ifeanyi Ohalete (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); LB Antonio Pierce (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr) TE Leonard Stephens (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); OL Alex Sulfsted (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); S David Terrell (RFA; $605,000/1 yr).


S Matt Bowen (RFA Packers; $5.9M/4 yrs, $1.6M SB; 2003 cap: $850,000); 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); DT Jermaine Haley (RFA Dolphins; $4M/4 yrs, $650,000 SB; 2003 cap: $612,500); PK John Hall (UFA Jets; $7.13M/5 yrs, $1.6M SB; 2003 cap: $850,000); CB Lloyd Harrison (FA; $985,000/2 yrs, no SB; 2003 cap: $455,600); 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); CB Alex Molden (FA Chargers; $1.5M/2 yrs, $200,000 SB; 2003 cap: $755,000); RB/KR Chad Morton (RFA Jets/awarded to Redskins by arbitrator; $8M/3 yrs, $2.5M SB; 2003 cap: $1.03M); 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: $1.061M); DE Peppi Zellner (UFA Cowboys; $555,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $475,000).


OL David Brandt (traded Packers); PK Jose Cortez (cut); RB Stephen Davis (cut); WR Chris Doering (not tendered as RFA/Steelers; $450,000/1 yr); 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 Bengals; $655,000/1 yr); 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).


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Originally posted by OrangeSkin

If I had to listen to Larry Michael for the entire game, I'd kill myself.

He has the most irritatingly pretentious voice in all of radio.

I agree, Larry's okay in bits and pieces but Frank is the main man

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Do the Jets get compensatory picks for RFAs? I mean, if they already get a first rounder as compensation, that's it for that player, right? I guess they'd still get something for Thomas, but I'd think Morton and Coles wouldn't factor in.

2500th post. Yippee!

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Dan Wilk, is so full of crap. How do we sign all these free Agents if they don't want to go here. What a big FAT DUFUS! he is just scared we will cut his FAT ASS, and he'll have to go back to the BENGALS.. I really hope we find a cheaper solution to DAN WILK.

OR MAYBE Dan WILK can get SOOOO FAT That the REDSKIN DEF can just roll him over the OFFENSVIE LINE! :)

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Brandon Noble considered on the light side for a DT? And don't true Nose Tackles tend to weigh like 380?

I don't get that one.

As for Wilkinson, the team played rough with him, all but outright saying that he was cut at the end of last season, before having to deal with the fact that Gardener would leave and then keep BDW.

I'd be ticked off too.

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