Redskins sign their first WLAF player

July 10, 1991|By Vito Stellino

The Washington Redskins, who will start training camp Sunday with all nine draft picks and eight veterans still unsigned, added a World League of American Football player to their roster yesterday.

He's Eric Naposki, a linebacker who led the Barcelona Dragons in tackles with 51 and previously played with the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.

Naposki is the first player the Redskins signed from the WLAF, boosting their roster to 83 and the number of signed players to 66. A team isn't allowed to have more than 80 players in training camp at any one time. Although players can attend minicamp without a contract, they must sign before they're allowed to attend camp.

The Redskins will open camp Sunday for rookies and selected veterans, including quarterbacks. The rest of the veterans are due to report a week later.

Of the veterans, the toughest player to sign is expected to be quarterback Mark Rypien, although his agent, Ken Staninger, said the two sides are talking and making progress.

But there's still a gulf between them. Rypien has said he thinks he's earned the average salary for a starting quarterback ($1.4 million), while the Redskins have said they think he's worth $1 million.

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