- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Defensive end Michael Myers is expected to decide today whether he will sign with the Washington Redskins before this weekend's draft or wait in hopes of getting more money, NFL sources said yesterday.

The Redskins and Myers are discussing a minimum-salary deal with a signing bonus of $25,000, which would allow Washington to take advantage of the veterans' salary-cap rebate. Myers' contract would be for $555,000 and count $475,000 against the cap.

Waiting makes sense for Myers. If Miami matches the Redskins' offer sheet for Jermaine Haley and Washington doesn't select a defensive tackle in the draft, the club would need a proven backup. Reserve defensive tackle has been the Redskins' top priority in recent weeks after a series of acquisitions early in free agency.

If Washington gets Haley, whose offer sheet is worth $4 million over four years, Myers still could sign for the minimum. The Redskins have made it clear they are interested in signing both.

Dallas, Myers' only team in five NFL seasons, apparently could attempt to retain him if it doesn't bolster the defensive tackle position this weekend. The Cowboys might even offer a solid multi-year deal.

Myers, 27, concluded his visit with the Redskins in the afternoon. He said he remains somewhat interested in getting something done before the draft but doesn't want to "make a move unless it's a great fit for me." That said, Washington's setup seems promising.

"It's a good situation," Myers said. "It's the same defense I played [in Dallas], so I'm familiar with the defense. [And there are] great coaches. It would be a good fit."

Defensive coordinator George Edwards was among those meeting with Myers. Edwards was Dallas' linebackers coach from 1998 to 2001, a span in which Myers, a 1998 fourth-round pick, started 24 games, including 16 in 2001. He did not start any games last season after being supplanted by free agent La'Roi Glover.

"Mike's a hard worker," Edwards said. "You know what you're going to get every down, every snap. He's going to work hard on the field and study hard in the classroom. We've had some good experiences together."

The Redskins would play Myers over the guard as a backup for starter Dan Wilkinson. Newly signed Brandon Noble was signed to start at nose guard, a position the bulkier Haley could back up.

Edwards, like predecessor Marvin Lewis, plans to mix up defensive packages and not necessarily use a nose guard on every down.

"We're going to get everybody in the best position for them to contribute," Edwards said.

DE Scott packs it on

Defensive end Greg Scott has boosted his weight from the mid-260-pound range into the 280s, leading club officials to believe he can hold up against the run as well as rush the passer.

Edwards stressed it was too early to project anyone as Renaldo Wynn's backup on the left side, but Scott's new weight could make him a candidate. The 2002 seventh-round pick, who saw action in just three games as a rookie, even believes he could contribute at defensive tackle.

"As [my rookie] season went on, I started putting on a little weight, because I wanted to play D-tackle and D-end," Scott said. "I'm trying to keep it [under control], so I can keep my speed. … I'm pretty much at the point where I think I can play anywhere up and down the line."

Extra points

Safety David Terrell signed his one-year, $605,000 tender offer. The deadline for restricted free agents to talk to other teams passed Friday, and Terrell wasn't able to work out a deal with San Diego. He was the Redskins' only restricted free agent. …

Linebacker Kevin Mitchell is prepared to sign a one-year, $680,000 contract, sources said. Like Myers' proposed deal, Mitchell's would include a $25,000 signing bonus and qualify for the veterans' cap rebate, counting just $475,000.



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