- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2003

The Washington Redskins resumed talks with defensive tackle Daryl Gardener yesterday but no progress was made, NFL sources said.
The sides continue to dispute the value of the deal's first three years and the Redskins hope to make the signing bonus contingent on the health of Gardener's back.
The Redskins are seeking to pay Gardener an average of almost $4million annually over the first three years, while Gardener's side is hoping for $5million a year.
A signing bonus of $5million had been agreed upon before Washington made a late switch in two days of discussions last week. The Redskins wanted to boost the bonus but make Gardener repay portions of it if he missed time due to his back.
Gardener has offered to make a sizable chunk of his proposed $15million over three years contingent on his back, though not the signing bonus. The signing bonus often is the only guaranteed money in an NFL player's contract.
Vice president of football operations Joe Mendes negotiated with agent Neil Schwartz by phone this time, after owner Dan Snyder had taken the lead in last week's face-to-face talks.
Jody Foldesy

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