Redskins waive Banks, are ready to sign pair

March 08, 1994|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer

There's a virtual revolving door at Redskin Park these days.

After waiving linebacker Carl Banks yesterday in the wake of coming to terms with Ken Harvey on Saturday, the Washington Redskins moved close to signing two more free agents -- tight end Ethan Horton of the Los Angeles Raiders and center John Gesek of the Dallas Cowboys.

Team sources said the Redskins think they can sign Horton and Gesek, who both visited last week, to bolster their offense.

They also scheduled visits from four free agents the next two days. Wide receive Haywood Jeffires of the Houston Oilers and offensive lineman Ian Beckles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be in today, and two Phoenix Cardinals players, running back Larry Centers and defensive lineman Rueben Davis, will be in tomorrow.

Banks' agent, Alan Herman, said that general manager Charley Casserly told him that Banks, who was due to make $1.5 million this year, would not be retained because the team has agreed with Harvey on a four-year $11 million deal. Harvey will be at Redskin Park today to sign.

Herman said that when a team has a losing record, the first victims are the coaches and the higher-priced players. He said Banks plans to continue his career.

Herman said he will be contacting teams that showed interest in Banks last year when he left the New York Giants for the Redskins, including the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Raiders.

Herman also represents running back Earnest Byner, who's a free agent and doesn't think he fits into the Redskins' plans.

"He's not sitting back expecting to return," Herman said, although the Redskins haven't told him whether they want him. Herman said Byner was disappointed with his limited playing time last season. Herman said he expects some jobs to open around the league as free-agent running backs shift teams and said he's been in contact with several teams.

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