By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
The Washington Redskins could complete negotiations with at least two of their five unsigned draft picks in the next few days as they close in on contracts for H-back Manuel White, a fourth-round pick, and fullback Nehemiah Broughton, a seventh-round pick.
The team also is negotiating with linebacker Robert McCune, its fifth-round pick, although it likely will take more time to complete deals for its two first-round picks, cornerback Carlos Rogers (ninth overall) and quarterback Jason Campbell (25th overall).
White, who was selected 120th overall from UCLA, is expected to agree to terms in the coming days, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situations, while Harold Lewis, Broughton's agent, said he was pleased with the pace of negotiations and had another session planned for yesterday afternoon.
The Redskins have already signed one draft pick, linebacker Jared Newberry, who was taken in the sixth round. Newberry, Broughton, McCune and White could all contribute immediately on special teams, while White and Broughton were brought in to improve Washington's short-yardage offense.
Rogers was expected to compete for a nickel back spot but is unlikely to be ready for the start of training camp Aug. 1 because of a stress fracture in his foot. Campbell is slated to be the No. 3 quarterback. Players selected that high in the draft often do not sign until shortly before the start of camp and negotiations are expected to intensify over the next two weeks.