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Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Jones signs through 2004 season


By Len Pasquarelli


Desperate for help at offensive tackle with starter Chris Samuels likely sidelined for several weeks, the Washington Redskins have signed free agent veteran Kenyatta Jones to a contract through the 2004 season, ESPN.com has learned.

Financial details of the contract were not immediately available, although it is believed that Jones will receive the minimum base salary of $380,000 for 2003, prorated over the remaining five games.

Jones, 24, recently was released by the New England Patriots following an incident in which he allegedly poured scalding water over an aide of his.

The former South Florida standout, chosen by New England in the fourth round of the 2001 draft, is a promising player whose potential has been slowed somewhat by a series of knee injuries. Since his release, he has been a popular player on the workout circuit, and was arguably the top tackle available in free agency.

Several teams auditioned Jones in the wake of his release and he was on the "ready list" of most of them.

Given the injury to Samuels, who suffered a strained knee ligament in Sunday loss at Miami, there is a chance Jones could line up for the Redskins very quickly. Washington is thin at tackle and, after Samuels left the game against the Dolphins, he was replaced by the little-used Brandon Winey.

Washington officials thought enough of Jones to make sure he agreed to a deal that tied him to the Redskins beyond just the final five games of 2003. Although he has mostly lined up at tackle, the Redskins' starters are set there for 2004, with Samuels and Jon Jansen signed to long-term contracts. That means Washington could consider Jones as a candidate to start at left guard -- its one line position that could need upgraded.

In two-plus seasons in New England, Jones appeared in 18 games, starting 11 of them. He underwent surgery on both knees this spring, opened the year on the physically unable to perform list, then subsequently was released.

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Originally posted by Posse81

I thought Winey did a decent job, considering he was up against Jason Taylor. He gave up the one sack and got a lot of help but he was solid I thought.

It seemed like he should have done something about Seau on one of the runs that got blown up in the backfield, but overall he didn't seem bad. It certainly wasn't the disaster I feared it would be when Samuels went down.

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I really think Chris Samuels is hurt, and has been playing hurt for a good part of the year. I just can't fathom such a talent just completely losing his ability to perform his job any other way. Perhaps it's something he was just not disclosing until it became obvious this week?

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It is going to be hard to cut Samuels based on Jones play for 5 games. Even if he does do well. I would imagine that maybe the Skins FO has in mind cutting Fiore and moving Jones over a spot, if he can handle it. Once Samuels is healthy we will see if Samuels + Jones both are on the line at the same time and how it goes.....I like the pickup on PAPER, but it is as of yet to be determined any real impact.

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