Free agent Williams snubs Redskins for Seahawks

May 06, 1994|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer

A funny thing happened to Brent Williams on his way to becoming a Washington Redskin this week -- he became a Seattle Seahawk instead.

An obscure defensive lineman from the New England Patriots, Williams is an example of how unpredictable the NFL's free-agent signing wars have become.

On Wednesday, Williams arrived at Redskin Park, apparently ready to take the team's one-year, $410,000 offer. His agent, Robert Fayne, even called two other clubs interested in him, including the Seahawks, and told them he had decided to go to Washington.

During his visit, though, Williams suddenly had a change of heart. He left Redskin Park and called the Seahawks, who arranged to leave him a ticket at Dulles International Airport. He flew to Seattle on Wednesday night and signed yesterday morning for virtually the same contract -- about $420,000.

Even Williams had trouble explaining why he changed his mind, but apparently decided he had a better chance of playing in Seattle.

"I just didn't feel as comfortable with the opportunity [in Washington] as I did in Seattle," he said.

Meanwhile, the Redskins arranged to bring in another lineman today, Ken Davidson, of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Redskins, looking for a replacement for retired safety Danny Copeland, also plan to bring in Greg Jackson of the New York Giants.

That will bring the number of free agents they've brought in for visits this off-season to 22. They had three in yesterday, safeties Jarvis Williams of the Dolphins and Keith Taylor of the Saints and cornerback Randy Hilliard of the Browns.

Also, free-agent running back Earnest Byner signed with the Browns, returning to Cleveland after five seasons with the Redskins.

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