Ohalete Re-Signs For One Year
Thursday, May 13, 2004; Page D02
The Washington Redskins have re-signed safety Ifeanyi Ohalete to a one-year contract worth $628,000. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Ohalete was the team's only remaining restricted free agent. After April 16, restricted free agents weren't allowed to receive offers from other clubs.
Last season, Ohalete started 15 games at strong safety while being one of the top contributors on special teams. Ohalete finished with a career-high 105 tackles (72 solo), third most on the club. Ohalete also had three interceptions and forced two fumbles.
However, rookie Sean Taylor, the fifth pick in last month's draft, is expected to start at free safety, possibly shifting Matt Bowen to strong safety and displacing Ohalete. Bowen's speed appears to provide an edge in an open competition with Ohalete. But Coach Joe Gibbs has reiterated that the best player during training camp will start across from Taylor.
Meantime, Taylor still hasn't signed an agent after dismissing Drew Rosenhaus, but recently told the Redskins that he isn't considering Carl and Kevin Poston, according to sources. Several agents are interested in Taylor, but Eugene Parker, Eugene Mato and Jeff Moorad are believed to be the top candidates.
Also, Joel Patten has been hired as a scout. He worked for the Redskins in 1999 before switching to Houston.
-- Nunyo Demasio
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