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Postby gambit187 » Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:30 pm

By Len Pasquarelli

For a man who is accustomed to getting his way, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is in a slump of sorts, with a second key veteran on his roster having rebuffed attempts at a contract extension that would have provided the franchise much-needed salary cap relief for 2004 and beyond.

League sources told that linebacker LaVar Arrington, the second overall player chosen in the 2000 draft and a two-time Pro Bowl selection, recently rejected a new contract offer. The proposal was for seven years at more than $50 million, and it reportedly included a signing bonus of $13 million to $15 million.

It is not yet certain if talks will continue or if the extension will be revisited.

Early in the season, Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency after this season, turned down a nine-year offer worth about $55 million and including a two-tiered signing bonus that totaled roughly $13 million. Assuming the two sides cannot reach an accord, the Redskins will almost certainly use a "franchise" marker on Bailey to limit his offseason mobility.

Reworking Arrington's contract, and perhaps that of left offensive tackle Chris Samuels are key to the Redskins because those players account for such unwieldy salary cap charges in coming seasons. Both players already have redone their original rookie contracts, including this season, to help Washington gain cap relief. Neither, however, seems to be as accommodating this time around.

Arrington, 25, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $6.36 million in 2004. He's also due a roster bonus of $1.5 million next spring, for a total cap charge of $10.672 million. It rises to $10.869 million in 2005 and to $12.013 million in 2006.

While his play in 2003 hasn't been quite up to the level of the past two years, Arrington is still regarded as a premier defender and could earn a third Pro Bowl berth.

Samuels also has struggled at times this season because of injuries and a pass-blocking scheme that has come under fire, but he remains a significant core player. He was taken one spot below Arrington in the 2000 draft, when the 'Skins had two of the top three picks overall. As is the case with Arrington, his contract runs through the '06 campaign.

Team officials huddled earlier this week, at the league meeting in Dallas, with the agent for Samuels, but there was no progress in those discussions.

The cap charges for Samuels are $8.749 million in 2004, $9.642 million for 2005 and $10.3 million for 2006. His 2004 base salary is $5.132 million and he is due a $1 million roster bonus next March.

A failure to secure some degree of cap relief from Arrington and/or Samuels could stymie the Redskins' ability to upgrade the roster for 2004. The team currently has about $74.15 million to next year's cap. Teams were apprised earlier this week that the spending level for 2004 will be about $79 million to $80 million.

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Postby Texas Hog » Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:59 pm

I say cut em both if they don't restructure their deals. This is b.s. and we need team football players, not self appointed super stars. Does anyone really think LA has earned a probowl spot this year? That's ridiculous.

This is a lot of our problem.....too many show boaters, "names" and stars and not enough "get dirty" type "no-name" players that are hungry and trying to beat rivals, make names for themselves and win division titles and championships.

It seems that high draft choices are more trouble than they're worth in the long run.
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Postby kkryan » Thu Dec 11, 2003 6:25 pm

Arrington has all the talent in the world, but he makes too many mistakes. We must keep either Arrington or Bailey. I think we should resign Champ because good corners are harder to come by. If the skins could find a way to maximize LaVars' talent he would be a terror to opposing offenses!!!
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Postby Justice Hog » Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:20 pm

I would hate to see them both go...but if we did, we could use all of that money to sign stud DL help, a LB that won't blow assignments all of the freakin' time, and a quality CB so Chump won't be missed that much.
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Postby HitDoctor » Mon Dec 15, 2003 11:44 am

Venting Hog wrote: and a quality CB so Chump won't be missed that much.

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Postby Texas Hog » Mon Dec 15, 2003 12:16 pm

Like having Champ and Lavar have done so much for this defense since they've been here?
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Postby skinsfaninroanoke » Mon Dec 15, 2003 12:19 pm

I still say that the players aren't the key problem guys, but the attitude of guys like Champ and Bruce have really just pissed me off lately.
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