Redskins join long line in their pursuit of White Defensive ace gets 10 calls, no offers

March 03, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

The Reggie White Sweepstakes officially opened yesterday.

White's agent, Jimmy Sexton, said he got phone calls at his Memphis, Tenn., office from 10 teams, including the Washington Redskins, about the Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman who is one of the most coveted free agents in the NFL.

But Sexton said that none of the teams made any offers and that White probably will visit the leading contenders before making any decisions.

"We just thanked teams for calling and told them we'll get back to them. I don't want to put any timetable [for signing] on it," Sexton said, although he added he hoped to make a deal before the college draft is held late next month.

Redskins general manager Charley Casserly said he contacted Sexton yesterday to express an interest in White, but said he didn't make an offer and that he hasn't even talked with owner Jack Kent Cooke about the parameters of a bid for White.

The Redskins, Houston Oilers, Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons are expected to be the four leading contenders.

The Redskins are considered the front-runner because White has said he wants to play in the Super Bowl and the two leading contenders, the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, can't bid unless they lose a player because they were among the top four teams last year.

While the Redskins are pursuing White, they could be in danger of losing some of their current linemen.

Brett Senior, the agent for defensive tackles Tim Johnson and Jumpy Geathers, said he got calls from 15 teams about Johnson and 10 about Geathers.

"The calls have been non-stop. They've come in waves. I've been on the phone since 6 a.m. and haven't even had time to eat. That's how crazy it's been," Senior said.

The Redskins hope to keep a majority of their free agents, but one agent predicted they would lose several of them. Johnson, Geathers, Fred Stokes, Eric Williams, Gary Clark, Danny Copeland and Martin Mayhew all expect to get several offers.

The contract safety Brad Edwards agreed to Sunday night could start a trend. The $2.5 million deal pays him $1.1 million this year and goes down to $850,000 in 1994 and $560,000 in 1995.

In the past, contracts have gone up each year, but the Redskins are concerned about staying under a salary cap in future years if it's imposed. They wanted to give him a big number this year when it wouldn't count under a cap.

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