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Colts' General Manager Says Wayne 'Won't Be a Redskin'

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 4, 2006

Three days after the Washington Redskins' front office announced it had no interest in pursuing the troubled but talented wide receiver Terrell Owens, the Indianapolis Colts made clear Friday that Reggie Wayne, another high-profile, big-play wideout, won't be available to the Redskins in their search to complement Santana Moss.

Colts General Manager Bill Polian said yesterday that the team will prevent Wayne, 27, from becoming a free agent, either by negotiating a new contract or designating him the team's "franchise player," which would give the club exclusive negotiating rights. Wayne is due to be an unrestricted free agent and, along with Owens, stood to be one of the most coveted wide receivers on the market.

"I can say one thing about Reggie Wayne, and it's he won't be a Redskin," Polian said. "We'll either sign him to a long-term deal or we'll franchise him, but he's not going anywhere."

A second wide receiver to provide relief to Moss and expand the Redskins' offense is a main objective of the offseason. Wayne has teamed with Marvin Harrison for the past four years to form perhaps the league's premier receiving tandem. Wayne caught 83 passes for 1,055 yards and five touchdowns last season. In 2004, he caught 77 passes for 1,210 yards and 12 touchdowns. He and Moss were teammates at the University of Miami and both were first-round picks in 2001.

Wayne's availability seemed to be something of a long shot, for Polian had reiterated throughout the season and earlier that the club had planned on keeping him. Price had been an issue in Indianapolis, but the expected departure of Edgerrin James would allow the team to keep Wayne. Some executives felt the Colts might benefit from spending some of the money it would take to keep Wayne on improving the defense.

By designating him an exclusive franchise player, the Colts would have to pay Wayne the minimum of the average of the top five wide receivers or 120 percent of his 2005 salary, whichever sum is greater. Wayne earned $1.25 million last season, and thus would have to be offered the franchise minimum average, which for wide receivers would be at least $7.76 million.

"We just got done with our coaches meetings and we know we have two elite wide receivers and we understand their value," Polian said. "We understand the system and what it dictates."

Springs Does Jail Time

Cornerback Shawn Springs spent a day in the Loudoun County jail this week for a reckless driving conviction stemming from a traffic stop on the Dulles Greenway in September, authorities said yesterday.

Springs, 30, was stopped by a Virginia state police trooper on Sept. 2 for driving 98 mph in a 65 mph zone near the Claiborne Parkway exit, state police Sgt. Terry Licklider said. Springs, driving a 2003 Mercedes Benz, told the trooper "he was late for work" about 9:50 a.m. that day, Licklider said. Springs was found guilty in Loudoun General District Court on Jan. 19, fined $500 plus $91 in court costs, and ordered to forfeit his driver's license for six months, court records show.

Springs, who did not return calls, was given a 30-day jail sentence, with 29 days suspended. Court records show he paid the fine and costs Monday. On Tuesday, Springs surrendered to the Loudoun jail to serve his sentence, Loudoun sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said. Springs was released Wednesday.

Agent Faces Deadline

Paul Aloe, the attorney for the agent of linebacker LaVar Arrington, has until Monday to respond to an action filed by the NFL Players Association charging negligence against his client, Carl Poston. The NFLPA contends that Poston signed Arrington's contract in 2004 without ensuring a clause for $6.5 million in bonus money was written in the contract. The case is expected to be heard Feb. 22. . . .

Along with adding Al Saunders as associate head coach, promoting Bill Lazor to replace Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach, and adding Jerry Gray as defensive backs coach replacing DeWayne Walker, the Redskins promoted Kirk Olivadotti from quality control coach to assistant coach of special teams and the defensive line.

Staff writer Tom Jackman contributed to this report.

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