Redskins add Millen, Copeland through Plan B

PRO FOOTBALL

April 02, 1991|By Vito Stellino

The Washington Redskins wound up with four Plan B free agents when they added two on the final signing day yesterday -- linebacker Matt Millen of the San Francisco 49ers and safety Danny Copeland of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Millen, who signed a two-year deal, is likely to step into the starting middle linebacker job that was shared last year by Kurt Gouveia and Greg Manusky, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Millen figures to play on running downs and Gouveia on passing downs.

Copeland, who signed a three-year deal, is a good special-teams player who will add depth at safety.

The other two Plan B players the Redskins signed were running back John Settle of the Atlanta Falcons and safety Terry Hoage of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Redskins lost three Plan B players -- Manusky, offensive lineman Mark May and safety Todd Bowles. But they had indicated that May and Bowles no longer fit into their plans, and Manusky didn't seem to be the answer at middle linebacker.

Hoage and Brad Edwards, a backup last year, will compete for Bowles' job with Copeland, although the Redskins are likely to draft a player at that position.

Millen, who is entering his 12th season at age 33, may turn out to be the most important acquisition because he will help the defense against the run.

The Redskins offered him a base salary of $375,000 while Millen wanted at least $600,000, but he got a good incentive package, and the native of Whitehall, Pa., who played at Penn State, said he wanted to play in the East.

The deadline for signing Plan B players was midnight.

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