- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2003

The Washington Redskins and seventh-round draft pick Gibran Hamdan agreed to terms on a three-year contract yesterday, ensuring that the rookie quarterback will report to training camp with the rest of his teammates on Sunday.

Hamdan, a Potomac native and former Bishop O’Connell star, agreed to a $942,750 deal that included a $32,750 signing bonus, about $250 more than he was slotted to receive as the 232nd player taken in the draft.

Hamdan’s deal paves the way for the Redskins to intensify negotiations with their other draft picks: second-round wide receiver Taylor Jacobs and third-round offensive lineman Derrick Dockery.

The club and agent David Dunn continue to haggle over the length of Dockery’s contract. The 6-foot-6, 345-pound Texas native prefers to sign a three-year deal worth about $1.393 million. The Redskins are pushing for a four-year deal that would include a larger signing bonus and playing time incentives but would prevent Dockery from becoming a restricted free agent in 2006.

To date, Washington and Jacobs’ agent, David Ware, have only exchanged offers, but the pace of negotiations figures to pick up now that Ware has worked out a deal with the Cowboys for his top client, first-round pick Terrence Newman. Jacobs is in line to receive a five-year contract approaching $4million with a bonus around $1.75million.

Hamdan’s deal took a little longer to finalize than originally thought, but the differences between the two sides proved to be minimal. Agent Buddy Baker, seeking the slight financial “bump” typically given to drafted quarterbacks, asked for Hamdan’s contract to include incentives or escalators. The Redskins would not comply, but instead sweetened the deal by increasing the signing bonus.

A relatively unheralded quarterback at Indiana, Hamdan impressed Washington coach Steve Spurrier during a pre-draft, one-on-one workout at Redskin Park and wound up being selected by his hometown team. Still considered a major NFL project, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound Hamdan likely will make the season-opening roster as the Redskins’ No.3 quarterback. His only training camp competition is undrafted rookie Brad Banks, who had a far more successful college career than Hamdan but is deemed too small (6-foot-1) by NFL quarterback standards.

Notes — Bubba Tyer, whose 32 seasons with the Redskins made him the franchise’s longest-tenured employee, will retire Aug.1, a club spokeswoman confirmed. Washington’s head trainer for 25 years before assuming a front-office, football operations position last season, Tyer will work through the first week of training camp before retiring. …

The Redskins signed defensive lineman Bernard Holsey, a six-year NFL veteran who in eight games with the Patriots last season recorded five tackles and a sack. Holsey, who previously played for the Giants and Colts, signed yesterday after a workout at Redskin Park and will compete with Del Cowsette and Bernard Jackson for a backup tackle spot. …

In order to clear roster space for Hamdan and Holsey, Washington released defensive back Brian Mance and defensive end Jace Sayler.

Staff writer Jody Foldesy contributed to this report.


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