- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Washington Redskins assistant coach Joe Bugel last night revealed Plan A for replacing injured right tackle Jon Jansen: Kenyatta Jones, a minimum-salary pickup last season who started at right tackle for the New England Patriots in 2002.

A variety of alternate plans remain in play, however. The club continues to consider moving left guard Derrick Dockery to right tackle. Also, the Redskins are evaluating the slim pickings in the free agent and trade markets and are expected to begin auditions today.

For now, Jones gets a chance to win the job vacated by Jansen, who ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon in Monday night’s 20-17 preseason win over the Denver Broncos. Jones, who wasn’t available for comment, for now presents Bugel with the best combination of high potential and minimal disruption.

“Rather than moving the left side to the right side, maybe moving one guy would be very settling right there,” Bugel, the assistant head coach for offense, said before ducking back into an evening meeting. “And I talked to [Jones] last night. He’s very eager to do that.”

On the list of free agent targets are former Miami Dolphins guard Jamie Nails and San Diego Chargers tackle Vaughn Parker. Nails is scheduled to work out today, while Parker intends to visit in a week or two after he has recovered from a staph infection.

Nails, 27, has started 51 games, including 29 the past two seasons for Miami at left guard. Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Nails was traveling to Washington last night. Nails didn’t get much interest in free agency because of lingering concern about an Achilles’ tendon tear he suffered in December 2002. More recently there also has been talk about his weight.

Parker, 33, is considered by several NFL scouts the last remaining tackle with some value. He started 107 games for the Chargers from 1994 to 2003 but tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in September 2003. He missed the season’s final 13 games and is recovering from the staph infection that arose after surgery.

Agent Lee Kolligian said he spoke with Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and Bugel about Parker and is trying to set up a workout for later this month. Kolligian added that the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants and Patriots also are interested.

The Redskins also were trying to gauge the health of veterans like Marcus Spriggs and Blake Brockermeyer. The market is pretty much picked bare, though; gone at this point are even late-lingering options like Solomon Page, whom the Detroit Lions scooped up July27, and Greg Randall, whom the St. Louis Rams signed Aug.2.

A trade appears unlikely. The Redskins seem unwilling to part with the compensation required for Seattle Seahawks star Walter Jones, especially because Gibbs continues to emphasize Jansen’s future with the organization. Said Gibbs: “I told him he’s going to play forever here.”

Other trade possibilities include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Kenyatta Walker and Arizona Cardinals’ L.J. Shelton, each of whom is in his respective coach’s doghouse. But in Tampa Bay, coach Jon Gruden told reporters the Bucs aren’t interested in parting with Walker.

Complicating Washington’s search are the Panthers, whose right tackle, Adam Meadows, retired unexpectedly Monday. Carolina apparently is taking its time mulling free agents and trades while veteran Matt Willig fills in.

In any case, Gibbs emphasized that in-house options get the first look over any potential signings.

“We’ve got some people there who we like,” Gibbs said. “We’re going to try to solve it with what we’ve got on our team. I think you’re looking for somebody who might pop up [on the market]. I doubt it would be an opportunity for a starter. But you’re looking.”

Jones started Monday in place of injured right guard Randy Thomas. He is best known for throwing boiling water on his personal assistant while he was a member of the Patriots. The case was resolved in April when Jones pleaded no contest to a felony assault charge and received a year’s probation.

Dockery, a 2003 third-round pick, has improved markedly from his first few games and earned praise in training camp for his conditioning and maturity. A move to right tackle would provide the Redskins with crucial mobility at that spot, but it is unclear whether Dockery can handle a position switch so soon after adjusting to left guard.

The Redskins also have late-round draft picks Mark Wilson and Jim Molinaro. Said Bugel: “We may have some rookies in that lineup sooner or later.”

Notes — Gibbs said he had gotten no indication from defensive coaches whether safety Sean Taylor would be elevated to the first team. Taylor intercepted two passes Monday and ran one in for a 3-yard touchdown, perhaps putting to rest a tumultuous offseason of off-field issues. …

Defensive end Phillip Daniels (abdomen) remains out for the forseeable future, Gibbs said. Linebacker Mike Barrow (knee) and Thomas (rib) are day-to-day. …

Today’s morning practice has been canceled. The afternoon session, scheduled for 4:30 p.m., is the final camp practice open to the public. Camp continues for several more weeks.

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