'Skins sign McGee, may lose White PRO FOOTBALL

April 06, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

The Washington Redskins signed wide receiver Tim McGee yesterday, but could be on the verge of losing defensive lineman Reggie White.

After White, with the strong urging of his wife, Sara, virtually had decided to go to Washington, the talks between Redskins general manager Charley Casserly and White's agent, Jimmy Sexton, hit a major snag yesterday.

Neither Casserly nor Sexton would comment, but a source close to White said, "It's Washington's game to lose and they may be losing it."

The problem is something of a misunderstanding between the two sides. Sexton thought the Redskins understood that if White decided to go to Washington, the price would be $4 million a year or $16 million for four years.

But owner Jack Kent Cooke, concerned about the salary cap expected to start in 1994, balked at going above $3.5 million a year or $14 million for four years. He feels that if White's main goal is really to win a Super Bowl, he should take less from Washington.

"We told him all along we wouldn't offer the most money," a Redskins source said.

Sexton, who was in New Orleans for the NCAA Final Four, rejected the $3.5 million a year offer yesterday and ended the telephone talks with Casserly by saying he'd get back to him. It was uncertain whether the Redskins were out of it.

But a source said the Green Bay Packers -- who are willing to offer $17 million for four years -- are now back in the race. White had narrowed the field to the San Francisco 49ers and the Redskins when he assumed the Redskins would go to $16 million.

The 49ers are limited to offering $14.4 million for four years because they were one of the top four teams last year. The 49ers have countered with a $19.3 million deal for five years, but a Redskins source called that a "paper" offer because White, 31, might not be able to play five years.

That leaves Green Bay with the most money on the table for a four-year deal and White now has to decide whether he wants to play for a team he ruled out last week.

Meanwhile, the Redskins signed McGee to a four-year, $5.7 million deal paying $1.8 million, $1.3 million, $1.2 million and $1.4 million.

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