Friday, July 11, 2008
The Washington Redskins agreed to terms yesterday with offensive lineman Chad Rinehart, their third-round draft pick out of Northern Iowa, who is expected to contribute immediately to a unit facing age and injury concerns.
The team did not release details of Rinehart's contract, but he received a $611,350 signing bonus as part of a four-year deal, according to a source involved in the negotiations. Rinehart, 6 feet 5 and 311 pounds, will be paid $295,00 this season, $385,000 in 2010, $470,000 in 2011 and $555,000 in 2012. In 2012, Rinehart could earn as much as $1.2 million based on his playing time the previous two seasons.
The Redskins, seeking to add a versatile lineman who could challenge for time at guard next season and eventually start at tackle, selected Rinehart with the 96th overall pick. Although he started at left tackle in 44 of 47 games he played for Northern Iowa, "playing guard, or wherever the team wants me to play, is what I'm going to do," Rinehart said during minicamp in May.
Offensive line coach Joe Bugel praised Rinehart's performance during offseason workouts, and the Redskins plan to have Rinehart work at guard and tackle when training camp begins July 20.
"He's a guy who they're looking for to contribute right away," said Rinehart's agent, Leo Goeas. "I know Coach Bugel loves him and they definitely think he can be a starter down the line and can contribute quickly."
In other moves yesterday, the team released quarterback Sam Hollenbach, defensive end Tommy Davis and center Kyle DeVan.
-- Jason Reid