By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 17, 2006
Free agent offensive lineman Jonathan Goodwin is scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins on Monday, team and league sources said, as the club executes its second wave of offseason maneuvering to add depth. Coach Joe Gibbs said the team is essentially finished with its major splurges after signing five players in the first three days of free agency, but the Redskins are still pursuing a center-guard, a starting-caliber linebacker and a defensive back.
Goodwin, 27, has spent his four-year career with the New York Jets since being selected from Michigan in the fifth round of the 2002 draft. He would be a solid backup at center and guard, and has played primarily right guard for the Jets. Goodwin started 10 games last season, and has also excelled on special teams. Goodwin is 6 feet 3, 318 pounds, and the Redskins are seeking one veteran to replace their two primary depth linemen from 2005 -- veterans Ray Brown and Cory Raymer; Brown retired and Raymer was released last week.
Of the first six players to visit Redskins Park this offseason, only one did not sign with Washington. Defensive end John Abraham, who is being shopped by the Jets, was the Redskins' fallback plan in case free agent Andre Carter signed elsewhere after leaving Ashburn without a contract, but Carter agreed to terms with Washington the following day.In Search of a Linebacker
The Redskins have contacted the agent for free agent linebacker Keith Adams, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, but had yet to schedule a visit, and may opt not to. Adams, who started at weak-side linebacker for Philadelphia, has other visits planned.
Former Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington and free agent journeyman Warrick Holdman played on the weak side last season, with modest production. The Redskins generally look for younger linebackers who can be molded into the system, and Adams, 26, is the kind of self-made player the staff likes. He is a special teams standout, and came to Philadelphia after he was cut by Dallas in 2002, eventually beating out veteran Mark Simoneau for a starting spot in 2004 after Simoneau was injured. Last March, Adams met with Atlanta and Kansas City before re-signing with the Eagles. Holdman remains an option to re-sign with the Redskins.Poston Posts an Appeal
Arrington's agent, Carl Poston, has appealed a two-year suspension recommended by an NFLPA committee Wednesday. That ruling came regarding a contract extension Arrington signed with Washington in December 2003. An arbitrator will rule on the case, and Arrington testified on his agent's behalf before the NFLPA and has no plans to change representation. "We intend to vigorously contest this using all appropriate legal remedies," Poston's attorney, Paul Aloe, said in a statement. "These charges are utterly without merit. It is LaVar Arrington's call whether or not Carl adequately represents him. LaVar has urged that the charges be dismissed and that Carl did nothing wrong." . . . Defensive lineman Demetric Evans, a valuable reserve at end and tackle last season, has three free agent visits upcoming, his agent, Jordan Woy, said. Gibbs said the Redskins would like to re-sign Evans. . . . Tampa Bay is likely to be seeking quarterback help in the near future, which may provide an avenue in Washington's attempts to trade backup Patrick Ramsey, a former first-round pick. . . . Gibbs said the team is not in the market for a kicker or punter, with veteran kicker John Hall recovered from another injury-plagued season and young punter Derrick Frost showing enough promise to remain in Washington. Gibbs said Frost may handle kickoff duties to relieve the strain on Hall's leg. . . . Former Redskins safety Matt Bowen, cut last week, signed with Buffalo.