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Redskins sign Dockery

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Four hours after Albert Haynesworth finished his welcome to Washington press conference and less than 22 hours after DeAngelo Hall opted to re-sign minutes before free agency began, the Redskins found their new left guard in an old friend when they signed Derrick Dockery to a five-year, $26.5 million contract that includes $8 million guaranteed.

Dockery, a third-round pick in the 2003 draft, started four years for Washington before leaving for Buffalo’s seven-year, $49 million offer in March 2007. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Dockery, 28, was cut by the Bills on Thursday and will reclaim the job filled the past two years by Pete Kendall, a free agent who won’t be re-signed.

Haynesworth’s $7.9 million salary cap cost and Hall’s $5.2 million left Washington about about $1 million under the cap, far from enough to afford Dockery. So defensive end Jason Taylor might have to re-work his $8 million base salary mostly into signing bonus to save nearly $6 million.

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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