Paperwork snafu helped Redskins re-sign Dockery

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If the Buffalo Bills had managed to file the necessary paperwork on a trade which would’ve sent guard Derrick Dockery to the Detroit Lions last Thursday on the eve of the opening of free agency. Instead, the Bills declined to pay Dockery his $1.75 million roster bonus and cut him.

For the trade to have gone through, Dockery would have had to agree to push back the bonus until after he had passed the Lions’ physical. By the time that Buffalo and Detroit agreed on the price for Dockery — a seventh-round pick in 2010 — it was almost 4 p.m., the NFL deadline to make a move so the Bills said they couldn’t file the paperwork in time. However, they did manage to submit the paperwork to cut Dockery and avoid paying him the bonus.

So Dockery rejoined the Redskins on Friday night for a five-year, $26.5 million contract.

The team in re-introducing him, along with DeAngelo Hall, at a press conference at Redskins Park this afternoon at 5 p.m.

- 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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