Sunday, September 7, 2003

The Washington Redskins yesterday denied a published report that they violated NFL tampering rules by making an offer to Lawyer Milloy before the Pro Bowl safety was released by the New England Patriots.

“It didn’t happen,” said Vinny Cerrato, Redskins vice president of football operations.

Milloy, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, told yesterday that his agent, Carl Poston, “called some teams to see who would want me” before New England cut him Tuesday, adding that “the Redskins gave us a bigger offer than the Patriots.”

If Washington did make Poston an offer before Milloy was officially waived, it could be found in violation of the league’s anti-tampering rules. The policy prohibits any contact between a player or his agent and other teams while he is still under contract to his original club.

Cerrato, however, insists the Redskins had no discussions with the Patriots, Milloy or Poston before seeing his name on the waiver wire Tuesday afternoon.

“I found out about [Milloys release] reading CBS Sportsline [Tuesday afternoon],” Cerrato said last night. “Our owner called their owner later that day, and we faxed an offer that evening.”

The Redskins offered Milloy a little more than $20million over five years, according to NFL sources. A host of other teams also sought to sign the 29-year-old defensive back, who was released by the Patriots when he would not agree to take a pay cut. He wound up signing with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday for four years and $15million.

Poston could not be reached for comment last night.

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