Free Agent Offensive Lineman Visits With Team

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Free agent offensive lineman Jonathan Goodwin arrived last night to meet with Washington Redskins coaches, but no agreement has been reached, according to his agent.

After a vigorous two weeks in which the Redskins reinforced themselves at wide receiver, replaced their starting tight end and believe they upgraded at safety, Goodwin represents one of three remaining areas the Redskins feel need attention. With the retirement of Ray Brown and the release of Cory Raymer, Coach Joe Gibbs said last week he was looking to free agency for a backup offensive lineman, preferably one who can alternate between center and guard.

Goodwin's agent, Fletcher Smith, said Goodwin arrived at Dulles International Airport early yesterday evening and was expected to spend time with the coaches today.

Redskins Contact Cowart

Gibbs said he also wanted to improve at weak-side linebacker and cornerback, but has not moved on either front yet. The Redskins had contacted the agent for free agent middle linebacker Sam Cowart, but Cowart had no plans to visit the Redskins. According to his agent, Paul Healy, Cowart was in Houston visiting the Texans. It had been believed that Cowart would be a good fit with the Redskins because of his personal history with assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams, who coached Cowart when Williams was the head coach in Buffalo.

The Redskins also contacted free agent cornerback Jamar Fletcher, a 2001 first-round pick from Wisconsin who spent the last two seasons in San Diego.

Fletcher, however, has not visited the Redskins and has drawn interest from other teams.

Evans Visits Saints

Free agent defensive end Demetric Evans visited the New Orleans Saints and has another visit planned, according to sources. Evans played the last two seasons with the Redskins but is not expected to return. . . .

With optional workouts less than a week away, the Redskins have not come to terms on a new contract with newly acquired wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd is under contract to play this season at his tendered salary of $1.57 million, but without a new deal would be a free agent at the end of the season.

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