Offensive lineman Ray Brown said he will re-sign with the Washington Redskins today and is well into preparations for his 20th season in the NFL. Brown, 42, said he is successfully rehabilitating from offseason knee and ankle surgery and is in the process of moving his family to this area.
Brown, who played for Coach Joe Gibbs during his first stint with the Redskins, was signed during training camp last season when right tackle Jon Jansen suffered a season-ending injury. Brown appeared in all 16 games -- including 14 starts -- making him the oldest offensive lineman in league history. He is slated to be a reserve this season -- he is adept at guard and tackle -- with Jansen now healthy, and is being groomed for a future spot on the team's coaching staff.
Ray Brown, above, filled in after right tackle Jon Jansen suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason. Brown expects to sign a one-year deal.
(John McDonnell - The Washington Post)
Brown amazed teammates and coaches last season with his ability and dedication at such a late stage in his career, and he is popular in the locker room. This likely will be Brown's final season playing the game, although nothing is definite at this point.
"To be honest with you, my wife and I didn't even discuss" playing beyond 2005, Brown said as he departed a team meeting at Redskins Park yesterday afternoon. "I've put all of my energy into playing this year and haven't even given [the future beyond that] any thought."
Brown underwent procedures on his left knee and right ankle and will sign a one-year deal for the veteran minimum -- which is $765,000 in his case -- and had basically agreed to return when the players departed at the end of the season, but expects to sign today.
"There's nothing flashy with me," Brown said. "No press conference, no press release, but I'll get around to signing it. I'll get it done [today]."
Camping Out for Spring
Gibbs and his staff formally welcomed players back for offseason workouts yesterday, holding a meeting at Redskins Park. Defensive lineman Brandon Noble said coaches detailed their expectations for the upcoming months, and "basically welcomed everyone back and told us it's time to get to work." Besides the midweek work, the coaches would like players to get in one additional day of training on Monday or Friday, if possible. The team will hold a rookie camp at the end of April and likely will conduct its full-scale minicamp in June. . . .
Restricted free agent defensive end Ron Warner said he expects to re-sign with the Redskins, and has hired a new agent in hopes of negotiating a deal above the veteran minimum. Warner is working out at Redskins Park, as are many of the unsigned free agents, and said he has no outside visits planned. "I love being here," Warner said. "I love my teammates." Restricted free agent running back Rock Cartwright echoed those sentiments and said his situation could remain "up in the air," until April 15, the deadline for restricted players to negotiate with other teams. . . .
With the Redskins losing out on free agent defensive end Courtney Brown, many in the NFL believe Marques Douglas to be the best free agent end available and, while he is drawing significant interest, sources said the Redskins have made no contact with the Howard University product, who has spent the past four seasons with Baltimore.