- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2003

The Washington Redskins were taking a close look at signing safety Lawyer Milloy last night, NFL sources said.

A four-time Pro Bowl player, Milloy unexpectedly was cut by New England on Monday after refusing a pay cut. A variety of teams showed immediate interest, the most fervent among them apparently Buffalo, New Orleans and Minnesota.

Milloy, 29, is known as a physical, instinctive safety. He also has been a team leader in New England. However, those qualities come with a price.

Washington was in contact with Milloy’s agents, Carl and Kevin Poston, to gauge his asking price, sources said. Milloy was scheduled to make $4.4million this season and could command a sizeable multiyear deal, even at this inopportune time to hit the market.

Whether the Redskins would be willing to pay much is unclear. They have the salary cap space to absorb a large contract, but they are planning to try to extend cornerback Champ Bailey’s contract late this season.

Also, the timing is somewhat awkward for the Redskins, who open their season tomorrow against the New York Jets.

Milloy could supplant third-year strong safety Ifeanyi Ohalete. Ohalete opened training camp second-string and needed several strong preseason games to win the job over David Terrell. The Redskins’ other starter, Matt Bowen, has been impressive since being signed away from Green Bay this offseason.

Quarterback act

The Redskins began taking a closer look at some emergency quarterbacks, working wide receiver Rod Gardner, running back Chad Morton and safety Matt Bowen there during practice.

The release of Danny Wuerffel over the weekend left Washington with just two quarterbacks and a dicey situation if Patrick Ramsey and Rob Johnson were injured in a game.

Gardener and Bowen were both star quarterbacks in high school. Gardener attended Raines High in Jacksonville, Fla., while Bowen was at Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Jacobs improving

Wide receiver Taylor Jacobs was released from the hospital after several days of evaluations for “abdominal trauma.” He had been hospitalized since Friday. He will not play in tomorrow’s game and could miss next week’s at Atlanta.

Staff writer Mark Zuckerman contributed to this report.

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