Thursday, April 8, 2004

Still in the market for a linebacker, the Washington Redskins have made another contract offer to free agent Warrick Holdman, NFL sources said last night.

The club was waiting to hear from the former Chicago Bear, who has received interest from several clubs.

Washington made an initial offer to Holdman, 28, after he visited Redskin Park last month. The player also has had discussions with several other teams, including the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams. Thus far, he has refrained from signing with anyone, perhaps hoping one of the teams would sweeten its offer.

Holdman, a five-year veteran who had 73 tackles last season, likely would play weakside linebacker with the Redskins, moving Marcus Washington to middle linebacker and return LaVar Arrington to the strongside position.

A Holdman signing also probably would bump Kevin Mitchell to the bench. The veteran middle linebacker was given a chance to play with the first-string defense during minicamp two weeks ago in place of Jeremiah Trotter, who was told by the Redskins he should seek a trade.

A fourth?round draft pick from Texas A&M in 1999, Holdman started 59 games in Chicago (47 at the weakside position). The Bears released him last month before a $2.4million roster bonus was due to kick in. His best season came in 2001, when he had 107 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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