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Defensive End Daniels Agrees to a One-Year Deal

By Jason La Canfora and Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Defensive end Phillip Daniels said yesterday that he expects to sign a contract in the next few days to return to the Washington Redskins and will definitely play for the team in the fall. Daniels called the Redskins yesterday and agreed to terms on a one-year, veteran-minimum deal, according to a league source.

"I'm coming back. I just talked to all the guys," Daniels said by telephone yesterday. "I'll probably end up signing today or tomorrow, but I'm definitely coming back."

Daniels and Renaldo Wynn are the only experienced left ends on the roster, and the two probably will share time. Daniels has expressed his desire to start and probably would come into training camp as the front-runner. He has been with the Redskins since 2004 but has battled injuries and missed all of last season after hurting his knee on the first day of training camp.

Daniels, who said he is in great health now and will continue to work out on his own in Chicago, expects to join the team for minicamp after the draft. He does power-lifting sessions in the offseason and generally has been allowed to do so with his personal trainers instead of participating in the offseason workout program at Redskins Park.

Haynesworth Arraigned

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was arraigned on two misdemeanor traffic charges stemming from a December crash in Tennessee in which another driver was seriously injured. Haynesworth, a two-time Pro Bowl selection whom the Redskins signed to a record seven-year, $100 million contract Feb. 27, was not required to appear in court and did not attend, according to Angie Weiker, deputy clerk of the Williamson County (Tenn.) Circuit Court.

His attorney entered a plea of not guilty to charges of reckless driving and having an expired registration, Weiker said. The case was reset for review April 28. A phone message left for Haynesworth's attorney, Glenn Funk, was not immediately returned.

Reckless driving carries a maximum punishment of six months in jail and a $500 fine, and Haynesworth could receive an additional 30 days in jail and a $50 fine for the other charge.

Preseason Partially Set

A date with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers and a nationally televised matchup with the New England Patriots highlight the Redskins' partial preseason schedule released yesterday.

Washington will open the preseason at Baltimore on Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and host New England on Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. Dates and times for the Redskins' other two games -- home against Pittsburgh and at Jacksonville -- have not been determined.

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