LaVar Arrington has hired a new attorney in hopes of resolving his 19-month-old contract dispute with the Washington Redskins.
“I was brought in to give LaVar a fresh set of eyes,” attorney Steve Brown said. “LaVar would like to get a resolution of this before training camp starts [in two weeks], and after reviewing the documents, I expect that we can come to a win-win resolution and LaVar can restore the relationships with the Redskins that are so important to him.”
Although Redskins owner Dan Snyder and coach Joe Gibbs are both on extended vacations that aren’t due to be completed until just before camp begins at Redskin Park, Brown is hopeful a meeting can be arranged to settle the dispute. NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw also would be expected to participate.
The dispute, which was going to be heard by an arbitrator today before being postponed last week at the request of Brown, Arrington and the NFLPA, stems from the eight-year, $68million contract extension the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker signed in December 2003. He and agent Carl Poston say the Redskins owe him another $6.5million in signing bonus for redoing his deal. The Redskins vehemently disagree and say Poston didn’t carefully review the contract before signing it.
Arrington missed most of last season following arthroscopic knee surgery. When he needed a followup procedure in April, he blasted the Redskins for not promptly announcing the news. After meeting with Gibbs the next day, Arrington turned around and ripped the media for reporting his anger. He hasn’t talked to reporters since.
Notes — Fullback Nehemiah Broughton, the Redskins’ seventh-round draft pick, has agreed to a three-year contract. … Receiver Rod Gardner is still expected to be cut when the Redskins need his $2.1million in salary cap space to sign Carlos Rogers and Jason Campbell.