Dan Snyder had to gas up his jet a day early this year.
The Washington Redskins owner signed defensive lineman Phillip Daniels on Tuesday, giving the team three significant potential player acquisitions even before the full free agency market opens.
Daniels, cut on Monday by the Chicago Bears, joins Jacksonville quarterback Mark Brunell and probably Denver running back Clinton Portis as new Redskins in the earlier-than-usual start to Snyder's offseason splash of signings.
There's more to come. Defensive linemen Jevon Kearse, Cornelius Griffin and Robaire Smith, cornerbacks Shawn Springs and Troy Vincent, tight end Walter Rasby and punter Chris Gardocki are among players the Redskins are set to pursue when free agency officially begins Wednesday morning.
"We're going to have the plane going nonstop," said coach Joe Gibbs, who didn't have to deal with free agency or the salary cap during his first stint with the team.
Daniels flew with his wife and linebackers coach Dale Lindsey from Tallahassee, Fla., near Daniels' Georgia home, passed his physical and arrived at Redskins Park late in the afternoon to sign his contract.
"That's what I want to be on, a team that wants to win," Daniels said. "Not a team that wants to save money."
Brunell's news conference is scheduled for Wednesday. His trade was worked out two weeks ago and was announced formally by the Jaguars on Tuesday.
Portis' arrival is tentatively set for Thursday, although his signing is pending a contract agreement between the Broncos and Washington cornerback Champ Bailey.
Although free agency officially begins Wednesday, the Redskins were able to sign Daniels early because he was already cut by the Bears. Chicago's move was long-expected, and the Bears had given the Redskins permission to negotiate with Daniels before his release.
Daniels, who will turn 31 on Thursday, can play end or tackle. He spent four seasons each with Seattle and Chicago, making 441/2 sacks and 370 tackles over an eight-year career. He had 21/2 sacks -- his fewest since his rookie season in Seattle -- and 41 tackles while starting all 16 games last season for the struggling Bears. His projected $3 million salary for 2004 made him an ideal salary-cap casualty as new Chicago coach Lovie Smith attempts to rebuild the team.
Daniels will be reunited with new Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache, who held the same job during Daniels' four years with the Bears.
Washington acquired nine players in the first four days of free agency last season, and they just might find a way to top that this time around as they look to fill several holes from last year's 5-11 season.
Daniels is the first step in a needed overhaul of the defensive line. The defense ranked 24th against the run, and the top pass-rushing threat last season was 40-year-old Bruce Smith, who has since been released. Defensive end Renaldo Wynn could be the only starter to retain his job next season.
The Redskins plan to send four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Bailey and a second-round draft pick to the Broncos for Portis, who agreed to an eight-year, $50.5 million contract with Washington on Monday. The final step is for Denver to work out a contract with Bailey, and Bailey's agent has said that deal is close to completion.
A third-round pick is the price for Brunell, who agreed to a seven-year, $43 million contract with the Redskins last month. The flurry of activity, added to deals made in previous years, has left Washington with just two selections -- in the first and fifth rounds -- in this year's draft.
Canacuna wrote:...I remember Daniels back when Seattle actually had a decent defensive line...
...Phillip Daniels, Cortez Keneddy, Sam Adams, Michael Sinclair...
well... was he any good?
Being released from the 2003 Bears defense isn't exactly a vote of confidence. I'd say he was effective, but he isn't the guy you build a d-line around. More like an above average guy who can excel with a real playmaker on the other side.
Kearse is going to be a huge bust. He's all flash, an injury-prone pass-rush specialist who lives on the potential he showed his rookie year. Hasn't done jack since. I hope Snyder throws stupid money at him so Al Davis doesn't.
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stonecoldbev wrote:Kearse is going to be a huge bust. He's all flash, an injury-prone pass-rush specialist who lives on the potential he showed his rookie year. Hasn't done jack since. I hope Snyder throws stupid money at him so Al Davis doesn't.
I have my reservations about him too. I'd rather have Wistrom, but it seems like he is heading to the Chiefs.
The Redskins will, once again, sign high-priced players but will fall short of the playoffs. It's not about one or two people that make the difference--it's the whole team. You'd think Snyder would learn...
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