Pro Football

Free Agent Adams, Redskins Meet

Saturday, April 8, 2006

Free agent linebacker Keith Adams visited Redskins Park yesterday, according to his agent, Jordan Woy , and will decide between Washington and four other teams by next week. Woy has had several conversations with Redskins officials over the last few weeks as the team searches for a weak-side linebacker to replace former Pro Bowler LaVar Arrington .

Adams, 26, was drafted in the seventh round by Tennessee in 2001, and spent the early part of his career primarily as a special teams player. He has played the past three seasons with Philadelphia, and, after filling for and eventually supplanting injured regular Mark Simoneau in 2004, started all 16 games for the Eagles last season at weak-side linebacker, logging 69 tackles and one forced fumble.

Adams drew interest on the free agent market last year as well, before opting to re-sign with the Eagles. The Redskins generally have looked for younger, athletic linebackers under this coaching staff, and have shied away from stars at that position. Adams fits that mold.

Oakland and Arizona have reportedly expressed interest in Adams (5 feet 11, 223 pounds). The Redskins are expected to use one of their top drafts pick on a linebacker, and could still re-sign free agent Warrick Holdman as well; he played in Washington last year for the veteran minimum. Khary Campbell and Chris Clemons will also be looked at for the vacant linebacker spot, as both have shown an ability to make plays in a limited role with the team in recent years. . . .

The Redskins hosted 58 NFL draft-eligible prospects who have ties to local colleges or high schools yesterday in an annual event at Redskins Park. Maryland linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has the highest profile in the group; the potential first-round pick did not participate in workouts, but was available to chat with team officials. . . .

George Mason basketball standout Jai Lewis was not among the players at Redskins Park yesterday, but he is generating significant interest from NFL clubs as a prospective tight end, team and league sources said. Lewis, a premier high school football player, is being monitored closely by the Redskins, team sources said, and they will keep tabs on him leading up to the draft. . . .

Yesterday's scheduled hearing between the agents for Arrington and the NFLPA was rescheduled for April 21, union counsel Richard Berthelsen said. The delay came at the request of Paul Aloe , attorney for agent Carl Poston . Aloe is asking the court to overthrow the two-year suspension issued by the NFLPA for Poston's actions regarding a contract Arrington signed with Washington in 2003.

-- Jason La Canfora

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