- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Washington Redskins continued fine-tuning their roster yesterday, signing NFL Europe cornerback Central McClellion.
McClellion, 25, spent the last two springs with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe after playing for the 2000 Canadian Football League champion British Columbia Lions. He was released by the Cleveland Browns in 1999 as a rookie free agent from Ohio State.
McClellion signed a two-year, $486,000 contract after talking with the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants. That McClellion worked with Washington secondary coach Jerry Holmes previously in Cleveland was among the reasons he joined the Redskins.
"Washington was the best chance Central had of making the roster," agent Marc Kessler said. "Being reunited with Jerry Holmes will be a great opportunity for him."
McClellion plays both safety and cornerback, but he'll probably have to make the roster through special teams. The Redskins have steadily worked on gaining special teams players during the offseason after ranking among the NFL's worst units in past years.
The Redskins also confirmed previously reported signings of Carolina kick returner Michael Bates and safety Jason Kaiser. Bates signed a two-year, $1.32 million deal on Monday and is expected to energize the Redskins special teams as both a returner and coverage player.
Kaiser, 27, played free safety for the XFL's Las Vegas Outlaws last spring. He has also spent one game with the Dallas Cowboys (1999), was on the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad (1999) and played for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2000). Kaiser's athleticism includes a 41-inch vertical jump. He also considered playing baseball.
Kaiser is essentially a special teamer, but the Redskins are looking for a starting free safety after releasing Mark Carrier last month. David Terrell is considered the early front-runner, but several players will be considered.

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