- The Washington Times - Friday, August 2, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

OSAKA, Japan The Washington Redskins appear set to make a strong push to sign rookie quarterback Patrick Ramsey early next week when they return from Japan, NFL sources said yesterday.

No substantial progress has been made in talks but the tone has changed, and the sides seem ready to come together. Signing early next week would mean Ramsey would miss about two weeks of training camp but still would have four preseason games to prepare for the season.

Meanwhile, the Redskins completed a minor renegotiation of running back Stephen Davis' contract to free up $750,000 of salary cap space, sources said.

The restructuring affects only the 2002 cap and does not solve the problem of Davis' bloated 2003 number, which will force the Redskins to cut him if they cannot negotiate a new deal. Davis' cap figure in 2003 is more than $11.4million.

Following yesterday's move and Tuesday's signing of defensive tackle Daryl Gardener, the Redskins have about $3.7million of cap space a fairly large cushion that will allow them to pursue a free agent guard and perhaps redo the expiring contract of standout right tackle Jon Jansen.

With regard to Davis, the sides agreed to turn $750,000 of "likely to be earned" incentives into "not likely to be earned" incentives. No money was exchanged and Davis still will not receive the $750,000 unless he meets the performance trigger. The move essentially sidestepped a league accounting rule.

Jody Foldesy

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