'Skins lose Schlereth, McKenzie

March 27, 1995|By Vito Stellino

Former coach Joe Gibbs barely would recognize the Washington Redskins these days.

Though he resigned just two years ago this month, the Redskins are on the verge of having just one offensive starter (Jim Lachey) from the Gibbs team that beat the Buffalo Bills, 37-24, in Super Bowl XXVI.

The two starting guards on that team, Mark Schlereth and Raleigh McKenzie, will be the latest to depart.

Schlereth, 29, has agreed to a three-year, $2.4 million deal with the Denver Broncos that included a $600,000 signing bonus, and McKenzie, 32, is ready to sign a two-year, $2.45 million deal with a $700,000 signing bonus with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Redskins previously had lost two other free agents, punter Reggie Roby and quarterback John Friesz.

The Redskins are close to adding their sixth free agent, special teams player Matt Vanderbeek of the Dallas Cowboys, who would get a two-year, $600,000 deal with a $75,000 signing bonus.

Three of the six free agents the Redskins have signed this year formerly played for coach Norv Turner in Dallas. The other two were safety James Washington and special teams player Darrick Brownlow.

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