- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2003

The Washington Redskins have some work to do to sign rookie quarterback Gibran Hamdan.

The Redskins’ seventh-round pick remained unsigned yesterday as the two sides negotiated whether his three-year contract should include the extra financial “bump” traditionally given to drafted quarterbacks, NFL sources said.

Both Vinny Cerrato, Washington’s vice president of football operations, and agent Buddy Baker remained optimistic that a deal could be worked out by today. Players are due to report for training camp Sunday, and the chances of a late pick like Hamdan holding out are extremely unlikely.

The Redskins offered Hamdan a three-year contract worth about $942,000 with a $32,500 signing bonus, numbers that fit into the slot for the 232nd player selected in the draft. But sources said Hamdan wants the extra money commonly given to quarterbacks. That could mean a slightly higher bonus and/or the addition of incentives or escalators.

Baker wouldn’t confirm details of the standoff but said, “I guess the issue is where does a guy fall in the round and where does he fall as a position player. We’re trying to balance all that to get what we think is a fair contract for my client.”

The Redskins are refusing to put incentives in Hamdan’s contract, sources said. Thus the club is expected to offer Hamdan a slightly higher signing bonus than his draft position would dictate, though the amount probably will be less than $1,000.

This year’s other late-round rookie quarterbacks have gotten incentives, NFL sources said. Sixth-rounder Kliff Kingsbury (New England) got $100,000 in playing-time incentives; sixth-rounder Brooks Bollinger (New York Jets) got a bump in signing bonus and some incentives; and seventh-rounder Ken Dorsey (San Francisco) got incentives.

Meanwhile, a deal for third-round offensive lineman Derrick Dockery is being held up by the contract’s length. Dockery wants to sign for three years, the Redskins for four. A fourth year would keep Dockery off the restricted free agent market in 2006. A number of clubs are pushing late-round picks to sign four-year deals this year in the wake of Washington’s raiding of the restricted market.

A contract for second-round wide receiver Taylor Jacobs could become easier after St. Louis signs linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, the player drafted immediately in front of Jacobs. Tinoisamoa’s signing should come soon because the Rams open camp today. New England wide receiver Bethel Johnson, who was drafted one spot below Jacobs, already signed a five-year, $3.8million deal with a $1.75million bonus.

Elsewhere, defensive end Ladairis Jackson, who tore an ACL late last year and was held out of offseason practices, has been cleared to participate in training camp, Cerrato said.

Note — The Redskins, again confronted by Native Americans who find the team’s name offensive, asked a District judge yesterday to overturn a ruling that revoked the team’s federal trademark protection. A ruling is not expected for a few weeks.

Staff writer Jody Foldesy contributed to this report.

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