- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2000

Darrell Green's career of fine service will be rewarded today at noon, when the Washington Redskins announce a new contract that gives the veteran cornerback additional money in what is expected to be his final season.

Green's new contract, according to a team source, will be for five years and increase his 2000 cap impact approximately 30 percent. Contrary to speculation, Green's contract is not being done for cap reasons, although other Redskins contracts must be renegotiated if the team is to get under the 2000 cap.

The details of Green's new contract will be revealed in a news conference at Redskin Park. The deal will replace a five-year contract that had three years remaining.

Under the old contract, Green's 2000 cap impact was $2.07 million, based on a salary of $1.5 million and a deferred signing bonus of $567,000.

The increase in money for Green, 40, is a nice gesture by the Redskins days before they begin their pursuit of Dallas Cowboys' star Deion Sanders. Sanders, 32, is expected to be released Thursday or Friday for salary-cap reasons. He likely would take Green's starting job, making Green the Redskins' nickel back in his 18th season.

The Redskins are the only team known to have serious interest in meeting Sanders' desire for at least a $6 million bonus. Sanders' value at that price was somewhat in doubt before May 11, when he left professional baseball's Class AAA Louisville, essentially ending his attempted return to the sport. Sanders now can participate in an NFL training camp and play the entire NFL season.

Green, a team icon and certain Hall of Famer, has played all 17 of his NFL seasons for the Redskins, a team record. He also holds team records with 250 career games, 248 career starts and 50 career interceptions. His seven Pro Bowl appearances (1984, '86, '87, '90, '91, '96 and '97) rank third in team history.

Green's new contract will have cap consequences for several years. In addition to the effects of the deal's signing bonus, the old contract's $567,000 in deferred bonus will count against the 2000 cap, as will another $567,000 in 2001 and $167,000 in 2002.

Under Green's old contract, his 2000 salary would have increased to nearly $3 million if he had made the 1999 Pro Bowl. His 2001 cap impact would have been $3.47 million if he made the 2000 Pro Bowl, $2.57 million if he did not, including salaries of $2.9 million or $2 million, respectively. His 2002 cap impact would have been $3.667 million, including a $1.5 million salary and a $2 million roster bonus.

Notes Rookie offensive tackle Kareem Ellis was charged with DWI early Friday morning, becoming the second Redskins player to be so charged this month.

Ellis, 23, an undrafted free-agent out of North Carolina, was pulled over at 3:52 a.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was driving north in the southbound lane of U.S. 15-501, an infraction for which he also was charged.

Ellis' blood alcohol level registered 0.14 on a breath test. The legal limit in North Carolina is 0.08. The 2000 Ford Expedition he was driving was not impounded.

Ellis' arrest follows that of Redskins fullback Mike Sellers, 24, a three-year veteran who was pulled over May 13 at about 3 a.m. in Arlington. Sellers, if convicted, could be fined more than $11,000 by the NFL provided he has no prior offenses.

Ellis' court date has been set for June 27… .

The Redskins released their training camp schedule… The Redskins' latest offseason camp, scheduled for four days, begins this afternoon with 40-yard dash timing for each player. Receiver Albert Connell won last year, dethroning Green.

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