Redskins offer Campbell tender

QB, others would rather see extensions, free agency

March 04, 2010|By The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — — Quarterback Jason Campbell was among a handful of players tendered offers by the Redskins on Wednesday, signaling a likely return to Washington next season. But for many, a contract extension or a chance to field offers on the open market would be preferred.

"You talk about it and you just try to deal with it. But some guys are like, 'Man, this is tough to have it happen this year,' " said linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who was also tendered. "Guys don't know how much longer they can play at this level. They just want to be paid for what they're worth, and that's not going to happen this year. So it's just hard for a lot of guys."

Cornerback Carlos Rogers was also unhappy with his tender offer. "I hate it, man," he said. "That's all I'm going to say."

Rogers would have become an unrestricted free agent, enabling him to leave for any team if Washington declined to tender him. But with the tender offer, the Redskins retain the right of first refusal if another team offers Rogers a contract. Like Campbell, Rogers was offered a first-round tender, meaning if any other team wanted to sign him to an offer sheet, that team would have to be willing to part with a first-round pick in April's draft.

Former Maryland offensive tackle Stephon Heyer was among several players receiving a second-round tender.

The Redskins are likely to be one of several teams bidding for free-agent defensive end Julius Peppers. In addition, running back Darren Sproles, linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Darren Sharper could be targeted. And with the retirement of left tackle Chris Samuels, which will become official today, the Redskins will likely try to shore up their offensive line via free agency.

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