Redskins use sack of cash to help Vikings' Noga sign on line Free agent agrees to $5.4 million deal

April 18, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

The Washington Redskins ended their losing streak in the free-agent market yesterday when they signed defensive lineman Al Noga of the Minnesota Vikings to a four-year, $5.4 million contract.

The acquisition of Noga, who had nine sacks last season, offsets the sack total from the free-agent losses of defensive linemen Jumpy Geathers and Fred Stokes, who combined for 8 1/2 sacks last year.

The Redskins previously had failed to sign two other linemen -- Reggie White and Wayne Martin. The Redskins would not pay White $4 million a year, so he signed with the Green Bay Packers, and Martin agreed to a four-year, $10.1 million deal, but the New Orleans Saints kept him by matching it.

Noga will get salaries of $1.9 million, $1.4 million, $1.05 million and $1.05 million the next four seasons after making $435,000 in base salary last year with a $35,000 bonus. His $1.9 million salary this year includes an immediate payment of $800,000 called an "advance."

The Redskins are using the term "advance" rather than signing bonus, because signing bonuses must be prorated for the length of the contract for salary cap accounting purposes in future years.

Randy Vataha, Noga's agent, said Noga's decision came down to the Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where former Vikings defensive coordinator Floyd Peters runs the Tampa Bay defense.

"It was very close, but he liked the Redskins tradition and the fact that he'll be playing in the best division in football. That had a lot of appeal to Al," Vataha said.

The Redskins have a 3-4 record in free agency. They've signed Noga, wide receiver Tim McGee and linebacker Rick Graf, and they've lost Stokes, Geathers, wide receiver Gary Clark and cornerback Martin Mayhew.

They're trying to sign two more free agents -- running back Marcus Allen of the Los Angeles Raiders and linebacker Johnny Holland of the Green Bay Packers.

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