By Nunyo Demasio
Thursday, April 28, 2005
The Washington Redskins agreed to terms with a dozen undrafted free agents yesterday in anticipation of rookie camp that runs tomorrow through Sunday at Redskins Park.
The additions gave the Redskins an NFL-maximum of 80 players on the roster. (Exempt from that figure are draft picks, who haven't yet signed, plus NFL Europe players.)
Coach Joe Gibbs emphasizes the importance of undrafted free agents because of his belief that some have the potential to become critical players. Defensive lineman Ryan Boschetti and cornerback Garnell Wilds made the team last season as undrafted players. (And as recently as 2001, the Redskins signed linebacker Antonio Pierce as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona.)
Gibbs has said he expects close to 70 players, including others who went undrafted, at the camp along with Washington's six draft picks. "We will have everybody here for the indoctrination program," Gibbs said.
The 12 undrafted free agents include wide receiver Rich Parson and defensive back Ray Custis of Maryland. The others are wide receiver Steven Harris (Arkansas); offensive lineman Brett Hodge (Nebraska-Omaha); defensive lineman Aki Jones (Fordham); wide receiver Tiger Jones (Louisville); tight end David Kashetta (Boston College); defensive lineman Tyler Luebke (Iowa); defensive lineman Jerome Nichols (Wake Forest); offensive lineman Scott Paffrath (Missouri); tight end William Palmer (Notre Dame); and wide receiver Jason Samples (Troy). The Redskins also announced the release of defensive back Dennard Wilson (Maryland, DeMatha High).
Redskins Notes: Bubba Tyer, director of sports medicine, said surgeries on linebacker Marcus Washington (cyst) and defensive tackle Brandon Noble (knee) were successful. . . . According to sources, salary-cap manager Eric Schaffer, the club's chief negotiator, has re-signed with the Redskins. . . . . Scout Mike Kelly is no longer with the club. Spokesman Karl Swanson declined to comment.