Several new Redskins are familiar faces Bowles, Thomas added to final roster

September 02, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

The Washington Redskins, who have turned stashing players on various lists into an art form, now are virtually stashing players on other teams.

For the second straight year, the Redskins claimed one of their former players who had spent a year with another team on the final cut.

Last year, it was tight end Terry Orr, whom the Redskins grabbed when he was waived by the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers thought they could re-sign Orr, but the Redskins needed a tight end when Ken Whisenhunt was taken by the New York Jets.

The Redskins did it again yesterday when they claimed Todd Bowles, who had been waived by the San Francisco 49ers.

Bowles was one of five players the Redskins added to their roster yesterday.

They also re-signed four players who cleared waivers -- quarterback-holder Jeff Rutledge, punter Kelly Goodburn, tight end James Jenkins and defensive back Johnny Thomas.

Thomas is another former Redskin who had a previous stint with the team.

He played in the World League this spring.

The Redskins won their gamble that Goodburn and Rutledge would clear waivers, although it doesn't say much for their punter that no other team in the league was interested in him.

Rutledge is valuable to the Redskins as a holder because kicker Chip Lohmiller is comfortable with him.

Of the 13 players they waived Monday, offensive lineman Thomas Rayam, who was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals, was the only one claimed.

To make room for the five additions, they put five players -- defensive lineman Eric Williams, quarterback Chris Hakel, safety Terry Hoage, offensive lineman Mo Elewonibi and running back John Settle -- on injured reserve.

These players aren't eligible to practice or play for four weeks, although Williams and Elewonibi are likely to be out much longer than that.

This doesn't mean the Redskins are done maneuvering this week.

They're talking to the Steelers about linebacker Huey Richardson, Pittsburgh's first-round choice a year ago who turned out to be a bust.

Coach Bill Cowher said yesterday that Richardson won't be on the team. They'll waive him if they don't get an offer for him.

The Redskins appear to be the only team having serious talks with them.

Since the Redskins are the last team to have a waiver claim as the Super Bowl champions, they might have to make a trade to get a look at him.

The Dallas Cowboys were interested in Richardson during last year's draft.

General manager Charley Casserly declined to comment on the talks with the Steelers.

The decision to claim Bowles shows that the Redskins are always interested in players who know their system.

Bowles, who made the team as a free agent in 1986, left on Plan B a year ago because he was on the verge of losing the starting free safety job to Brad Edwards.

Of the 47 players on their current active roster, only three rookies -- Desmond Howard, Matt Elliott and Robert Green -- have never been with the team in any capacity in the past.

The Redskins also are willing to pay Bowles' $400,000 salary, while the 49ers, who are in a cost-cutting mode, wanted to reduce his salary because they are inserting rookie Dana Hall into the starting lineup.

Bowles' agent, Tony Agnone, said, "Todd was disappointed that San Francisco is going with a guy who doesn't have any NFL experience, but he's happy to be going back to a place he's familiar with."

Casserly said, "Todd's a good special teams player who can be a swing man [at both safeties] and call the game plan if need be."

Bowles was noted for being a good defensive signal caller, but the Redskins wanted more big plays from their free safety. Edwards provided the big plays, intercepting two passes in the Super Bowl in January.

In looking at his draft, Casserly was pleased that the final player selected (Elliott) and a free agent (Green) both made it.

"I think what you're trying to do is get good value for what you spend. Obviously, we got great value for them and you're probably a little more thrilled when a long shot comes through," Casserly said.

NOTES: The Redskins signed two young players who cleared waivers, DB David Gulledge, an 11th-round pick last year, and DB Calvin Holmes, a seventh-round pick this year, to their practice squad. They're allowed to sign three more players for that unit.

Redskins roster

OFFENSE (27)

Quarterbacks (3): Mark Rypien, Cary Conklin, Jeff Rutledge.

Running backs (4): Earnest Byner, Ricky Ervins, Brian Mitchell, Robert Green.

Wide receivers (5): Art Monk, Gary Clark, Ricky Sanders, Desmond Howard, Stephen Hobbs.

Tight ends (6): Don Warren, Ron Middleton, Terry Orr, John Brandes, Todd Bowles, James Jenkins.

Offensive linemen (8): Jim Lachey, Raleigh McKenzie, Jeff Bostic, Mark Schlereth, Joe Jacoby, Ed Simmons, Ray Brown, Matt Elliott.

Punter (1): Kelly Goodburn.

DEFENSE (19)

Linemen (7): Charles Mann, Fred Stokes, Tim Johnson, Jumpy Geathers, Bobby Wilson, Jason Buck, Shane Collins.

Linebackers (5): Wilber Marshall, Andre Collins, Kurt Gouveia, Ravin Caldwell, Monte Coleman.

Backs (7): Darrell Green, Martin Mayhew, Danny Copeland, Brad Edwards, Alvoid Mays, A. J. Johnson, Johnny Thomas.

SPECIALISTS (1)

Kicker (1): Chip Lohmiller.

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