The Washington Redskins, who are still waiting for Reggie White to decide if he's going to join the team, will sign their first free agent from another team today -- wide receiver Tim McGee of the Cincinnati Bengals.
McGee, 28, will sign a three-year, $4.2 million deal to essentially replace Gary Clark, who got a three-year, $6 million deal from the Phoenix Cardinals.
Meanwhile, the Redskins hope to find out in the next day or two if they're going to get White. General manager Charley Casserly said he plans to talk today with White's agent, Jimmy Sexton. All indications are the Redskins are willing to offer $16 million for four years.
According to a source, White is leaning toward the Redskins and his wife, Sara, likes the idea of moving to Washington instead of going across the country to San Francisco, but White is having trouble saying no to the 49ers and could change his mind.
The 49ers also have orally sweetened their offer to White. Although they're allowed to offer White $2.47 million in the
second year, they've told him they'd be willing to tear the deal up after a year and increase it. The 49ers' five-year, $19.3 million deal would include $5.9 million in cash the first year.
Meanwhile, Norman Braman, the Philadelphia Eagles owner who wasn't allowed to protect White, wants more compensation, than the two No. 1 picks the league has agreed to give him.
He's filed an objection with Judge David Doty and will argue to overturn the settlement when Doty has his hearing April 16 to approve the deal.
Like the players who are objecting, Braman is given little chance of prevailing because Doty helped get the two sides to agree to the deal in the first place.