Short Gets Offer From Redskins
Giants Linebacker In Mix With Others
By Nunyo Demasio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 13, 2004; Page D09
The Washington Redskins have made an offer to New York Giants linebacker Brandon Short, according to a source familiar with the situation, after the free agent spent two days at Redskins Park this week.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Greg Favors is mulling the same offer from the Redskins, said another source, although the Jacksonville Jaguars are also trying to sign him.
Chicago Bears linebacker Warrick Holdman is scheduled for a Monday visit at Redskins Park, and the club has expressed an interest in Giants linebacker Michael Barrow, whose asking price appears to be too steep. Regardless, Washington is expected to sign only one linebacker among the group as a reserve.
Washington's biggest priority in free agency remains obtaining another cornerback. Thursday, the Redskins lost out on cornerback Jerametrius Butler after the St. Louis Rams matched a six-year, $15 million offer sheet on their restricted free agent.
According to a source who requested anonymity, the Redskins have targeted Giants cornerback Ralph Brown, who is scheduled for a Monday visit. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder has played all four NFL seasons with the Giants. Redskins defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker was New York's secondary coach the previous two seasons. Brown started out as a nickel back last season behind talented cornerbacks Will Allen and Will Peterson before being pressed into a starting role because of injuries.
But Brown, who had two interceptions last season, suffered shoulder injuries, twice knocking him out the lineup. Brown turned down a minimum offer from New York to return in the 2004 season.
Washington's main consolation in losing Butler is that room under the salary cap rises to roughly $3 million, enough for another quality free agent. According to sources who requested anonymity, the Redskins have contacted Giants defensive end Kenny Holmes, although a visit hasn't been scheduled. Last season, Holmes collected 51/2 sacks in nine games before ending his season after minor knee surgery on Nov. 15. The Redskins have been seeking a pass-rush specialist in free agency.
Yesterday, the Redskins re-signed safety Todd Franz and linebacker Lemar Marshall.
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