Howard Slusher, agent for unsigned Washington Redskins cornerback Jeris White, said yesterday he doesn't understand why team officials won't agree to take White's case to a neutral arbitrator.
In his first contact with the press since White began his holdout, Slusher also said that if the situation doesn't change, "Jeris will just keep watching television."
White, 30, was paid $185,000 salary last season, fourth highest on the Redskins. This season would be his 10th in the National Football League. White, who does not speak to the press, is seeking a three-year, $1 million contract, including incentives and bonuses. The two sides are far apart, according to sources.
General Manager Bobby Beathard said yesterday, "We've made Jeris a more than generous offer and we stand by it."
Slusher, in New York for business reasons yesterday, said he hasn't talked or had written communication with Beathard for several months. He said he might call Beathard this week. He said he broke his media silence by accident, mistaking a reporter's name on a phone message for a client's name.
"The Redskins played a game with Jeris with various coaches and (team) officials calling him down there. I won't talk numbers. All I'm saying is there is not a significant dollar difference. Bobby has insisted our position is an absurd one. I say let some neutral person decide if I am as crazy as they say I am. I suggested we start with Sam Kagel (West Coast attorney who serves as arbitrator in many NFL cases)."