Defensive end Courtney Brown kept his suitors in suspense for another day by informing them yesterday he needed more time, according to sources familiar with the situation.
The Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos are considered the front-runners, although Brown has not ruled out the Jacksonville Jaguars.
This week, the Broncos told other NFL team officials Brown would choose them, while Coach Joe Gibbs expressed skepticism, noting the 27-year-old took two other trips after a visit to Redskins Park. Wednesday, Brown told teams he likely would make a decision by yesterday.
According to a source who spoke to Brown yesterday, the top overall pick in the 2000 draft spent several hours Wednesday night and yesterday grilling agent Marvin Demoff with detailed questions about his options. Demoff, who also represents Gregg Williams -- Washington's assistant head coach of defense -- didn't return a call yesterday. Each suitor gave Brown, who has missed 33 games in five seasons, an offer with incentives tied to his health.
Gibbs and Vice President Vinny Cerrato were returning from the NFL owners meeting in Hawaii yesterday and couldn't be reached to comment.
Redskins Notes: Despite recently being hired by the Redskins to be executive producer for the team's broadcast properties, Larry Michael will keep his job as the play-by-play announcer on WJFK-FM.
"That's one of the joys of my life," said Michael, who replaced longtime announcer Frank Herzog at the position in February 2004.
"I've still got a job at WJFK. I'm departing Westwood One to work for the Redskins. WJFK and Westwood One are like two separate entities."
Michael, who had been a senior vice president for sports at Westwood One -- a national radio network -- starts his new duties Monday. Although his previous position at the company made him one of the most influential executives in sports radio, Michael expressed enthusiasm about joining the Redskins.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to be part of the Redskins' television and new media, which includes the Internet," Michael said in a telephone interview. "I spent a long time at Westwood One, and it's time for something like this for me. It's TV [with the Redskins], not radio. My deal with WJFK remains solid."
Michael noted that a team employee with an executive title who also serves as a radio voice is not unprecedented in the NFL.
According to a league spokesperson, at least four clubs have similar arrangements. . . .
The Redskins are reportedly interested in wide receiver Kevin Dyson, who didn't play last season after being released by the San Diego Chargers during training camp.