Friday, March 9, 2007
The Washington Redskins signed offensive lineman Ross Tucker yesterday, but are continuing to try to find a more proven replacement for departed left guard Derrick Dockery.
Tucker, 28, was at Redskins Park yesterday and is trying to revive a pro career that began in Washington.
The Redskins have been assessing several options to take Dockery's spot after he signed with Buffalo over the weekend. Tackles Leonard Davis and Luke Petitgout visited the team, then signed elsewhere, while former Ravens starting guard Edwin Mulitalo could visit soon. Mulitalo has a strong interest in remaining in the area, other NFL players have said, as his children are in school in the Baltimore area and he is active in local charitable endeavors.
Mulitalo is an eight-year starter who lost his position after tearing his triceps in October and the Ravens debated whether to release him. Mulitalo has played alongside Redskins center Casey Rabach, who is also a former Raven. The Redskins also have been in contact with the representatives for free agent offensive linemen Adam Timmerman, Zach Piller, Zach Wiegert and Sean Mahan, according to sources who requested anonymity on sensitive personnel issues.
Tucker has played just one game since the 2004 season and was cut by Cleveland last September, spending the remainder of the season out of football. He was originally signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent from Princeton in 2001, and spent two seasons in Buffalo when Redskins assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams was head coach.
Tucker, who also played for the Dallas Cowboys, will be among a group of players battling for a reserve spot in all likelihood. The Redskins have re-signed journeyman guard Mike Pucillo and could re-sign tackle Todd Wade as they seek depth on the line.
-- Jason La Canfora