- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 6, 2007

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Washington Redskins brought free agent offensive lineman Luke Petitgout to Redskin Park yesterday, one day after being spurned by massive lineman Leonard Davis.

The Redskins are trying to fill the void left by the loss of left guard Derrick Dockery, who last week signed with the Buffalo Bills. Davis, a Texas native, signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

Petitgout, who turns 31 in June, was released by the New York Giants last month in a cost-cutting move. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Notre Dame product started at left tackle for the Giants the past five seasons after two years at right tackle. He broke in as a left guard in 1999.

“We watched film of Luke playing against Dana Stubblefield and Dan Wilkinson of the Redskins that year, and he did a nice job,” Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel said. “He’s a solid football player. Hopefully, something will get done.”

The Redskins are the first team Petitgout has visited since his release, and it’s not certain whether the club is willing to meet his financial demands or whether he’s willing to play guard instead of tackle. The Redskins have four-time Pro Bowl pick Chris Samuels at left tackle and reliable Jon Jansen at right.

Note — Cornerback Kenny Wright, who started eight games last season when Shawn Springs or Carlos Rogers were hurt, signed with Cleveland. The Redskins didn’t try to retain Wright, an eight-year veteran who only spent 2006 in Washington.

David Elfin

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