The Washington Redskins' bid for defensive end Courtney Brown, the top overall pick in the 2000 draft, took an ominous twist yesterday when he flew to Jacksonville, Fla., for a visit with the Jaguars, according to a source familiar with the situation.
After visiting the Denver Broncos and Redskins last week, Brown had initially planned to choose between those teams by today. However, Brown -- who has received interest from several teams -- decided to visit the Jaguars, which appears to be an inauspicious sign for the Redskins.
Brown, who has missed 33 games during his five-year NFL career, was released by the Cleveland Browns on March 14 after declining to take a pay cut.
Denver restructured quarterback Jake Plummer's contract on Friday. The Broncos went from about $1 million under the salary cap to $3.3 million under after the move, putting the team in position to make a rich offer.
The Redskins are about $2 million under the cap and believe they have other intangibles to offer Brown: He has ties to linebacker LaVar Arrington (a college teammate) and reserve safety Pierson Prioleau (a second cousin).
Jacksonville, which needs a defensive end, has a large amount of cap space -- roughly $13 million. In addition, Jaguars secondary coach Dave Campo was the defensive coordinator in Cleveland the previous two seasons. Jacksonville's defensive line coach, Ray Hamilton, also held the same post in Cleveland in 2001 and 2002.
The Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have contacted Brown, but it's unclear whether Brown intends to visit those teams.
-- Nunyo Demasio