- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2005

Linebacker LaVar Arrington’s long-standing grievance against the Washington Redskins should be heard July 18, attorney Dan Nash confirmed yesterday.

Nash, of the Washington law firm of Akin Gump, will represent the Redskins at the hearing in Washington along with an attorney from the NFL’s Management Council. Arrington will be represented by Jeffrey Kessler of the New York law firm of Dewey Ballantine, presumably along with NFL Players Association general counsel Richard Berthelsen.

Arbitrator Shyam Das will hear the grievance.

Arrington says the Redskins owe him $6.5 million in bonus from the eight-year, $68 million contract extension he signed in December 2003 to give the team salary cap relief that year.

Agent Carl Poston, who like Arrington, couldn’t be reached for comment, has admitted he didn’t read the final draft of the extension he negotiated with Redskins salary cap manager Eric Schaffer because the contract had to be rushed to the NFL before the end of the season. That has led most observers to believe Das likely will rule in favor of the Redskins. The team, which doesn’t have the $4 million-plus it needs to sign its six draft picks, can ill afford to take another huge cap hit if it loses the case.

The hearing, first set for September 2004, was moved to July and then to November before being scrubbed because of attorneys’ scheduling conflicts.

Note — Sixth-round linebacker Jared Newberry became the first of Washington’s six draft picks to agree to terms. Newberry played mostly outside at Stanford but has been shifted inside as one of a host of possible replacements for Antonio Pierce, who signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. …

Billy Kilmer, who led the Redskins to their first Super Bowl after the 1972 season, will be inducted into the National Quarterback Club Hall of Fame on June 29. Kilmer will be presented by Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen, with whom he shared the Redskins’ job from 1971 to 1974. …

Safety Sean Taylor’s arraignment on two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, a third-degree felony, and one count of simple battery, a first-degree felony, is still set for June24 in Miami. Taylor would face a minimum of three years if convicted. …

Minicamp practices will be held tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at Redskin Park.

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