- The Washington Times - Friday, July 11, 2008

Guard Chad Rinehart, Washington’s third-round pick, became the first of the Redskins’ top four choices from the 2008 draft to agree to terms Thursday. The Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) All-American from Northern Iowa agreed to a four-year contract that includes $611,000 in guaranteed money.

The 6-foot-5, 311-pound Rinehart started 44 of 47 games at left tackle for Northern Iowa, which went 11-0 and was ranked No. 1 during the 2007 regular season. However, he’ll begin his Redskins career as a backup to guards Pete Kendall, 35, and Randy Thomas, 32 and coming off a torn triceps.

Although he remains unsigned, sixth-rounder Colt Brennan also had a good day on Thursday because Sam Hollenbach, one of his competitors for the No. 3 quarterback job behind Jason Campbell and Todd Collins, was cut by the Redskins. That’s two straight summers in which Washington has released the former Maryland starter, who finished 2007 in the No. 3 spot, has been let go before the start of training camp.

The Redskins also released rookie free agent center Kyle DeVan and defensive end Tommy Davis, who was signed to their practice squad last December.

JAGUARS: Wide receiver Matt Jones faces a felony drug charge in his former college town of Fayetteville, Ark., after police say he was inside a car cutting up cocaine with a credit card.

The 25-year-old Jones and two others were arrested early Thursday. A police report said officers approached the car and an officer drew his handgun after Jones did not immediately show his hands.

Police said they searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag filled with a white substance that tested positive for cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue.

Also, owner Wayne Weaver is refinancing debt, considering taking on a financial partner, and struggling to sell tickets and secure a stadium naming rights deal.

Despite the problems, he wants to make one thing clear: His team is not for sale and is not going anywhere.

“I just wanted to … clarify that I’m not selling the Jaguars,” Weaver said in response to a report in the Philadelphia Daily News.

The Daily News reported that Weaver was negotiating to sell the Jaguars to billionaire C. Dean Metropoulos, who might consider moving the team to Los Angeles.

Thirdly, defensive back Brian Williams has been found not guilty of drunken driving after a night of partying.

The athlete showed no reaction as the verdict was read Thursday. Had he been convicted, he faced up to a year in jail.

ZENDEJAS: Former Los Angeles Rams kicker Tony Zendejas was arrested on charges of drugging and raping a female customer of his San Dimas, Calif., sports bar in January.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said the 48-year-old Zendejas was arrested on felony warrants at his Yorba Linda home.

Deputy District Attorney Rouman Ebrahim said Zendejas was charged with one count each of rape by use of drugs, rape of an unconscious person, sodomy by anesthesia or controlled substance and sodomy of an unconscious victim.

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