Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Veteran DE Phillip Daniels said yesterday that he has reconsidered and might accept the Washington Redskins' minimum contract offer to return next season after speaking with defensive coordinator Greg Blache.
"I'm not saying anything is definite yet, I still have to pray about it and talk with my family, but, yeah, I'm thinking about it now and I wasn't before," Daniels said. "I just got a call from Coach Blache, who had a lot to say, and I have nothing but love and respect for that man. We go back a long way, and when someone like that picks up the phone to talk to you, you listen."
Earlier in the day, Daniels expressed frustration about the team's contract proposal, saying he would sign elsewhere or retire unless the Redskins increased their offer. Daniels also said he was upset because he had not heard from team officials since he rejected the offer about two weeks ago.
But Blache made it clear to Daniels that "the team still wants me and he knows I can still play this game," said Daniels, 36, who sat out the entire 2008 season because of a knee injury that occurred on the first day of training camp in July.
Also yesterday, Washington brought back free agent DL Renaldo Wynn, a team leader who was released before the start of the 2007 season. He spent last season with the New York Giants.
"When Renaldo called me before he signed, I told him there was no way I was coming back" for a minimum contract, Daniels said. "But Coach Blache . . . man, he makes you think. If I come back, you can say he's a big part of it." . . .
The Redskins also released reserve LB Matt Sinclair, who spent last season on injured reserve after suffering a back injury.
-- CAMPBELL NOT WORRIED: Owner Daniel Snyder continues to take a wait-and-see approach with QB Jason Campbell, whose contract expires after the 2009 season. The Redskins do not plan to offer Campbell an extension this offseason, team and league sources said.
"I don't worry about that because I always have confidence in my ability," said Campbell, scheduled to be paid about $2.8 million in 2009, which would be his third full season as a starter. "I know what I can do to help this team win, especially with having the opportunity to be in this offense for my second year. I know what I can do. I know the things I've done and where I can go in this game."
-- Jason Reid