Redskins nab Gesek from Dallas

March 16, 1994|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer

Washington Redskins coach Norv Turner managed to raid his old team, the Dallas Cowboys, for one of its offensive starters yesterday.

John Gesek, a starting guard in 1992 who lost his job last year when he sprained his foot and then became the Cowboys' starting center late in the season when Mark Stepnoski was injured, agreed to a three-year, $3.6 million deal.

Turner and general manager Charley Casserly, who were in Fresno, Calif., yesterday to watch quarterback Trent Dilfer work out, were to stop in Dallas today to sign Gesek to a contract that will earn him a $900,000 signing bonus and base salaries of $800,000, $900,000 and $1 million.

Gesek, 31, said having Turner as his offensive coordinator in Dallas helped persuade him. "I really had a good feeling about the whole organization, but the fact I had a past with the head coach really made a difference," Gesek said.

He will become the Redskins' starting center, enabling Raleigh McKenzie to move to right guard in place of Mark Schlereth, plagued by injuries the past two years.

The Redskins will spend $8.7 million this year on Gesek, linebacker Ken Harvey and tight end Ethan Horton, although they'll count $5.1 million against the salary cap this year because their signing bonuses are pro-rated.

The Redskins are now just $900,000 under the salary cap, so they'll have to cut another player before signing another free agent.

NFL NOTES: The Cincinnati Bengals signed safety Louis Oliver after a team doctor concluded Oliver has healed from the foot injury that caused him to miss the last five games of 1993 with the Miami Dolphins. . . Free-agent cornerback Albert Lewis, who played the past 11 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, signed with the L.A. Raiders. . . The Rams also gave Oilers offensive tackle Kevin Donnalley a $4.1 million, four-year offer sheet. . . The Jets released nose tackle Scott Mersereau and cornerback/punt returner Clifford Hicks -- a total savings of $1.125 million in payroll.



Date .. Opponent .. Time

June 24 at Shreveport 8:30

June 29 Winnipeg 7:30

REGULAR SEASON July 7 at Toronto 7

July 16 Calgary 7:30

July 23 Shreveport 7:30

July 28 at Winnipeg 8:30

Aug. 6 at Las Vegas 10:30

Aug. 10 Hamilton 7:30

Aug. 20 Toronto 7:30

Aug. 27 at Hamilton 7

Sept. 3 at Shreveport 8:30

Sept. 10 Sacramento 7:30

Sept. 18 at Saskatchewan 4

Sept. 25 at Ottawa 1:30

Oct. 1 Ottawa 7:30

Oct. 7 Las Vegas 7:30

Oct. 16 at Edmonton 3:30

Oct. 22 British Columbia 2

Oct. 29 Winnipeg 2

Nov. 5 at Sacramento 9

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE Nov. 13 Division semifinals

Nov. 20 Division finals

Nov. 27 Grey Cup, Vancouver

Note: All times p.m.

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