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ok who stole the times and changed the sports page team into a good unit???<br /><br />Coleman attends to job under a cloud <br />By Jody Foldesy<br />THE WASHINGTON TIMES<br /><br />     As a chilly wind swept across the Washington Redskins' minicamp yesterday, defensive end Marco Coleman listened to how line coach Ricky Hunley wanted him to attack a phantom blocker. He performed the drill and then checked to make sure he got it right.<br />      One might not expect a 32-year-old Pro Bowl player to be so inquisitive and thorough — particularly when the player, like Coleman, has a $5.3million salary cap number that could mean his days with the club are numbered. But those who know Coleman — and those who are getting to know him — expect nothing less.<br />     "He's a pro," defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis said after practice. "He asked good questions in the meeting. When I corrected him on things, on how we want to do things, he really wants to know how. He says, 'Marvin, show me exactly what you mean.'"<br />     Despite such dedication, a Pro Bowl performance in 2000 and consistent leadership in three seasons with the Redskins, Coleman is in jeopardy because Washington is in such need of cap space (with less than $3million available) and he is one of the few players who can provide it.<br />     The Redskins' nearly $11million of "dead money" (dedicated to players like Deion Sanders no longer on the roster) and host of players with low salaries make options for cap space scant. Coleman could provide relief by renegotiating his deal, but the club will be tempted to open $3.5million by releasing him after June 1.<br />     Such savings will be hard to pass up because Coleman is over 30 and coming off a subpar season in which he was limited by a dislocated elbow. But for now this blue-collar star is ignoring the writing on the wall and instead trying to run through it in practice.<br />     "[A cap-induced cut is] something all the guys that are here that are veterans have to look at," Coleman said. "You never know. You just have to move on if that's the case."<br />     So goes the unflappable mindset of Coleman, one of the rare Redskins who can tell teammates when they need to work harder — and they listen, rather than getting bitter and tuning him out.<br />     "He's the one that's normally — more than anybody else — ranting and raving and using bad verbiage," defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson said with a laugh. "Without a doubt, guys respect him and guys look to him. He's a great guy."<br />     And the Redskins' defensive line might be left in disarray if he leaves. Already starter Kenard Lang has signed with Cleveland and right end Bruce Smith, 38, is unlikely to be an every-down player. Washington must find free agents or draftees to replace Lang and spell Smith; replacing Coleman as well might be too much for this cap-strapped team.<br />     This week's minicamp lets the Redskins look at Coleman and get an idea of how they might approach renegotiation. Such a deal could mean guaranteeing his salary (the best option for the player), converting his salary to incentives or simply reducing his salary (the best option for the team).<br />     Coleman, for his part, does have something to prove. He made just 4½ sacks and 40 tackles last season, missing Weeks 3 to 6 with an elbow injury. The frustrating year came after he recorded a career-high 12 sacks and 62 tackles in 2000, proving he could stand out on the left side, where his 6-foot-3, 270-pound frame is considered a bit light.<br />     "It was tough [in 2001], especially with an injury like that," Coleman said. "You can never really be at full-speed. And especially with me playing against guys who are so much bigger than I am — I've got to have all my tools."<br />     Is the joint healed? For now it's tough to tell.<br />     "We haven't started doing anything right now," Coleman said. "We're running around with shorts on, no contact, anything like that. But my arm's strong, I feel pretty good, and I feel like I'll be ready to roll when it's time to strap it on and do it for real."<br />     The only question then will be whether it's with the Redskins.<br />     "It's up to the team," Coleman said. "There's things they might have to do. If I'm one of the ones they might have to do it with ... right now, I don't know. I'm just here, like everybody else who's under contract."

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If Marco will restructure, I think I'd like to have him back (assuming we don't draft at his position). I don't think 30 is too old at all and I do remember his 2000 season. <br /><br /> If he wants to remain a Skin, I hope we can accomodate him. I remember us beating the Bucs and Warren Sapp ranting at his team something to the effect that "We made Marco Coleman look like a superstar...Marco Coleman!" I figure if Warren Sapp disrespects him, that's probably a sign that he's o.k.

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I don't think Coleman will reduce his salary to stay with the Redskins.<br /><br />At 32 I think Coleman would like to move on to a team that is going to be a definite contender in 2002.<br /><br />Remember he has seen 3 regime changes in the past 3 years.<br /><br />That's a lot of starting over for a guy who doesn't have that much longer to get a ring.<br /><br />And Coleman from what I have read IS a competitive ballplayer who does value winning, not just getting paid.<br /><br />I could easily see him move on to the Rams or another team on a mid-level deal and seek to get deep into the postseason with them.<br /><br />The Redskins have started to redo their defensive line by signing Wynn, but the process is not complete.<br /><br />One of those top two choices almost has to go to finding a DT to play next to Wilkinson.<br /><br />Of course, if Coleman is cut after June 1, that $3.5 million could be used on signing some younger players that are also cap casualties like Wynn. <img border="0" title="" alt="[smile]" src="smile.gif" />

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Coleman definitely needs to be renegotiated, but I'd like him to stay. He's one of those rare players who truly is a great teammmate. We haven't had enough of that on our team. The Wynn signing gives us more flexibility to act in this regard.<br /><br />However, correct me if I'm wrong but renegotiation of Coleman's contract operates for salary cap purposes as if we were terminating his prior contract (basically like cutting him) and signing him to a new contract. I believe that means that his entire remaining bonus which he got two years ago would impact our cap now, as opposed to being prorated across the years on his contract. My question is, what would that cap hit be?

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