- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Washington Redskins expect to learn today or tomorrow whether they will land free agent defensive end Courtney Brown.

Brown, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 draft, completed his expected team visits yesterday with a trip to Seattle. On Monday he was in Jacksonville, and last week he journeyed to Denver and Washington.

Initial expectations were for Brown to decide between the Redskins and Broncos early this week, but he extended his search with closer investigations of the Jaguars and Seahawks. Yesterday a Redskins source said a decision should come by tomorrow.

Despite Brown’s pedigree, he struggled during five seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Expected to be a pass-rushing force, he recorded just 17 sacks and missed 33 games because of injuries.

Washington is offering Brown a chance to play in a rotation at defensive end with veterans Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn. The setup could ease the burden on Brown, who played in just two games last season because of a torn ligament in his foot.

The Redskins demonstrated immediate interest when Brown was released, having coach Joe Gibbs and defensive line coach Greg Blache fly to Cleveland for a meeting. But the club apparently showed restraint in contract negotiations, defying expectations it would press for an immediate agreement with an over-the-top offer.

Note — At the league meetings in Kapalua, Hawaii, the NFL formally approved the sale of minority owner Fred Drasner’s stake in the Redskins to owner Dan Snyder and Snyder’s family. Drasner owned between 10 and 20 percent of the team.

Staff writer David Elfin contributed to this article.

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