Monk's 14-year Redskins career ends

April 07, 1994|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer

Art Monk's 14-year career with the Washington Redskins came to an end last night when he refused to take a pay cut for the coming season.

The Redskins gave Monk, 36, a deadline of yesterday to decide whether he was going to accept a reduction in his salary from $1.15 million to the $600,000 range and come to minicamp tomorrow.

When Monk, who didn't return a message left on his answering machine at home, again refused to take the pay cut, the Redskins announced that his days with the team were over.

Monk played more games (205) in a Redskins uniform than any other player in the history of the team. Since he was already a free agent, the Redskins didn't have to release him.

New coach Norv Turner had indicated he wanted to keep Monk, but the Redskins couldn't afford to carry his old salary under the salary cap since he figured to be a part-time player.

At the owners meeting in Orlando, Fla., a week ago, Turner said, "I'm a big Art Monk fan. I'm on record that I'd like to have Art with us."

In the statement issued by the team, the Redskins noted that Turner met with Monk a number of times to try to persuade him to accept the contract offer the team made on March 11.

"Turner emphasized during the meetings that Monk's decision must soon be made, so that if Monk declined the Redskins offer the team could begin to look for a new receiver. The Redskins are extremely disappointed that Monk declined the offer," the Redskins said in their statement.

One receiver the Redskins are now expected to pursue is Henry Ellard of the Los Angeles Rams, who visited Redskin Park last week. The Redskins also could bring back Ricky Sanders, a free agent.

Monk started five games last season and was third on the team with 41 receptions.

He's the NFL's all-time leading receiver with 888 catches and he's fourth all-time in receiving yards with 12,028. He has caught a pass in 164 straight games, 13 shy of Steve Largent's record of 177.

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