Bruce Allen, Mike Shanahan to address the media at 4:30 p.m. Monday

March 11, 2013

Mike Shanahan and the Redskins still have work to do before they can sign free agents. (Toni Sandys / The Washington Post)

Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen and Coach Mike Shanahan are scheduled to hold a 4:30 p.m. news conference at Redskins Park on Monday afternoon, the team announced.

It’s the first time since the end of the season that Shanahan has addressed the media, and the second time this offseason that Allen has taken questions from reporters. Shanahan and Allen haven’t had a joint news conference since Shanahan was hired in 2010.

It’s expected that the two officials will discuss their team’s situation on the eve of the NFL’s free agency signing period, which begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Redskins spent the weekend re-signing four of their restricted free agents and one impending free agent while also negotiating with some of their others.

Although tight end Logan Paulsen, fullback Darrel Young, long-snapper Nick Sundberg, linebacker Rob Jackson and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger have been taken care of, work remains for the Redskins.

The team was going through the negotiating process with linebacker/special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander and defensive end Kedric Golston, and possibly other players of their own, according to people with knowledge of the situation. But it wasn’t clear how close the sides were on agreeing to deals.

Washington also expressed some interest in other teams’ unrestricted free agents over the weekend. Defensive backs Sean Smith, Greg Toler, Kyle Arrington and offensive tackle Ryan Harris ranked among players believed to have drawn inquiries from Washington. From Saturday to 3:59 p.m. Tuesday, teams are allowed to negotiate with the agents of other team’s free agents, but they aren’t allowed to reach agreements on contracts until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Redskins remain over the salary cap and must release players and restructure the deals of others to get below the $123 million spending limit. Washington is believed to be considering releasing or restructuring the contracts of cornerback DeAngelo Hall, receiver Santana Moss and defensive end Adam Carriker.

The Redskins still haven’t made any headway in recouping any of the $18 million the league has docked them as the second half of a $36 million penalty for how the Redskins structured contracts in the uncapped 2010 season.

The team had been weighing its options, which included taking legal action to try to secure at least some of the money. But as of Monday morning, the team had yet to make a move – legal or player-related.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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