The Washington Redskins yesterday re-signed reserve linebacker Chris Clemons, who sparkled late last season. Meanwhile, the team awaited the decision of coveted free agent defensive end Courtney Brown.
Brown, who had been expected to choose between the Redskins and Denver Broncos, spent yesterday with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will visit the Seattle Seahawks today, said sources familiar with the situation, before choosing a team.
Chris Clemons, right, showed promise late last season, finishing with three sacks, seven tackles and a forced fumble in six games.
(Toni L. Sandys - The Washington Post)
According to a source, over the weekend Brown decided to delay signing until he visited Jacksonville and Seattle. Both teams contacted Brown on March 14, when he was released by the Cleveland Browns. Although the Redskins and Broncos are front-runners, said the source, he wanted to give Jacksonville and Seattle an equal opportunity.
The Broncos have publicly expressed confidence that they will land Brown. Coach Joe Gibbs -- who is at the NFL owners' meeting in Maui -- was unavailable to comment.
Jacksonville is $13 million under the salary cap and Seattle is about $10 million under. Both figures are significantly higher than Denver's ($3.3 million) and Washington's (roughly $2 million).
Brown met with Jacksonville's assistants yesterday while head coach Jack Del Rio was in Maui.
Clemons, a second-year veteran, showed promise late last season, and often was used as a rushing end on third downs. He finished with three sacks, seven tackles and a forced fumble in six games. Clemons spent the 2003 season on the injured reserve with a torn knee ligament. He was released during last season's training camp, and landed on Cleveland's practice squad. But the Redskins signed Clemons to the active roster last November, and he collected a sack on the first snap of his NFL debut.
Attendance Mark Is Set
The NFL announced yesterday that last season the Redskins set the league's home paid-attendance record for the fifth straight year. In eight games at FedEx Field last season, the Redskins drew 707,920 fans, or an average of 88,490. . . . According to sources, agent Drew Rosenhaus has held discussions with the Redskins about safety Sean Taylor's desire for a new contract. Taylor fired his previous agents last summer because of displeasure with his rookie contract: a seven-year, $18 million deal, which included a roughly $11 million bonus. With incentives, the contract is worth up to $40 million. But NFL rules prevent a rookie's contract from being reworked for a year. In Taylor's case, nothing can be announced until Aug. 1. Rosenhaus declined to comment. . . .
The Redskins also re-signed wide receiver Gari Scott, an unrestricted free agent who was on the practice squad last year. Washington released linebacker Maurice Jones. . . . Former Redskins Art Monk and Charles Mann will be honored tonight by the National Center for Leadership, at the Mayflower Hotel. Mann and Monk will receive awards for their work as co-founders of the Good Samaritan Foundation. . . . Voluntary workouts at Redskins Park kicked off yesterday. According to Redskins spokesman Patrick Wixted, turnout was high -- about 90 percent. . . . .Third-string quarterback Tim Hasselbeck reportedly has drawn interest from other teams as a restricted free agent, although he has not signed an offer sheet.