- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 15, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Former Washington Redskins defensive end Marco Coleman signed a three-year, $4.5-million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday.

The Redskins locker room leader chose Jacksonville over interest from Philadelphia and Buffalo. The contract also includes incentives should Coleman revert to his 2000 Pro Bowl form.

Coleman was released on June 3 as a salary cap casualty. Washington needed the $3.5 million in cap savings to sign the rookie pool expected to cost $3 million. The Redskins wanted to re-sign Coleman to a minimum-salary deal, but he never considered returning.

Coleman missed four games last season with a dislocated elbow and never regained full form, but was instrumental in the late-season 8-3 finish and was the team's undisputed leader since arriving in 1999.

Meanwhile, restricted free agent receiver Derrius Thompson signed a one-year, $563,000 deal. Thompson caught three passes for 52 yards and one touchdown last year. Coach Steve Spurrier has praised Thompson during offseason camps, but competition for the expected five or six slots is heavy.

Rick Snider


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