The Washington Redskins announced today that Charlie Brown, all-pro wide receiver, has signed a series of four one-year contracts. The new contract begins with a substantial increase in the $60,000 salary Brown was scheduled to earn this year and extends for three years more.
"It's a relief. Now we have an agreement and we don't have anything to worry about," said Brown, who led the conference with eight touchdown receptions last year.
"Charlie has been the big-play man for us and with a healthy Art Monk, we should be at full strength now with our receivers," said Bobby Beathard, Redskins general manager.
Brown was entering the final year of a three-year contract and his previous $60,000 base salary was the minimum for a third-year player. With a smile, Brown said, "Now, I feel like I'm being paid what I'm worth."
Mark May, offensive right guard, ran through noncontact plays today with the Hogs, though he was not wearing pads. May suffered a partial tear of his right triceps muscle six days ago and the original diagnosis specified that he would be out two to three weeks.
May said today, "Hopefully, by next Monday they'll let me go one-a-days (practices) . . . I'm always trying to beat the odds. If they say I'll be out three weeks, I want to be back in two weeks."
Because the triceps muscle is crucial to the uppercutting arm extension motion of an offensive lineman, Redskins officials want May to be fully recovered before returning."I was lifting with my right arm today and the (team) doctor saw it and almost went bonkers," May said.
The Redskins trimmed the roster to 87 today by cutting five more players: rookie running backs Marv Christian and Kevin Cole, rookie safety Brian O'Neil, first-year tight end George Thompson and first-year offensive tackle Keith Jones. --Gary Pomerantz