Redskins to Meet With QB Russell, Among Others
Washington Redskins officials are in the process of meeting with the top draft prospects, and LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell is scheduled to arrive in town late today. He will be at Redskins Park tomorrow.
The Redskins have the sixth overall choice in the draft, and there's no indication that their meeting with Russell is anything more than a matter of doing their homework on all the top prospects. Coach Joe Gibbs has said he's committed to Jason Campbell as the starting quarterback, and team officials say they're in the process of meeting with 15 to 20 leading draft prospects.
Those in and around the NFL think the Oakland Raiders, who hold the draft's top overall pick, likely will select Russell.
The Redskins have been unable to complete a proposed trade with the Chicago Bears in which they'd send the sixth pick to Chicago for linebacker Lance Briggs and the 31st overall choice. Gibbs said at the recent league meeting that the Redskins had spoken to two teams ahead of them in the draft about the possibility of trading up. . . .
NFL officials likely will release next season's schedule within the next few days. An official from one team said he expected the announcement to come tomorrow. The league also is expected to announce in the coming days what disciplinary action Commissioner Roger Goodell will take against Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam"Pacman" Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for their repeated legal troubles. . . .
Free agent quarterback Joey Harrington agreed to a two-year contract worth about $6 million with the Atlanta Falcons.
The former Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins starter is to back up Michael Vick. He replaces Matt Schaub, who was traded to the Houston Texans. Harrington met with the Carolina Panthers last week, but they signed former Houston starter David Carr. . . .
The Denver Broncos extended the contract of Coach Mike Shanahan through the 2011 season, the team announced.
-- Mark Maske