- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 14, 2002

The Washington Redskins and offensive tackle Jon Jansen have exchanged new contract proposals in recent days, NFL sources said yesterday.

The revival of negotiations follows a recent call from owner Dan Snyder to Jansen's representative, Rick Smith. In October, Jansen declined a six-year offer worth a little more than $24million, and talks were set aside.

The Redskins' initial offer would have paid Jansen a $5.5million bonus over the deal's first three years. Jansen's offer this week asked for a bonus in the $9million range with an average annual value of about $4.8million, sources said. It was unclear yesterday what Washington's counteroffer would be.

The latest proposal from Jansen's camp would compensate him like the game's highest-paid right tackles, Cincinnati's Willie Anderson and Philadelphia's Jon Runyan. Jansen, however, cannot play left tackle like Anderson, and Runyan received a deal that remains far above average for tackles who play only on the right side.

Helping prod negotiations is the Redskins' threat of the transition tag, which would allow them the right to match any offer Jansen receives when the market opens March4. Although the tag does not generate compensation, it makes teams less likely to bid on a player.

But Washington would rather sign Jansen long-term than use the transition tag; the tag would require about $4.5million of salary cap space, which would restrict the Redskins as they enter free agency. The club isn't scheduled to have much room under the 2003 cap.

Griffin fined

New York Giants defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin was fined $7,500 by the league for a hit that sprained the shoulder of Redskins quarterback Danny Wuerffel.

On the play, Griffin picked up Wuerffel and slammed him to the ground in a motion reminiscent of professional wrestling move.

Pro Bowl voting over

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl ended yesterday, and Washington players and coaches filled out their ballots at Redskin Park.

In fan voting, Champ Bailey finished first among all NFL cornerbacks and LaVar Arrington third among NFC outside linebackers. Defensive tackle Daryl Gardener and Chris Samuels were further down at their positions.

Votes from fans, players and coaches each count one-third toward invitations to be announced Thursday.

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