- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Another day, another guard spurning the Washington Redskins.

On Friday, the first day of the free agent signing period, Washington lost four-year starter Derrick Dockery to Buffalo. Leonard Davis, late of Arizona, visited Washington the next day but signed with Dallas on Sunday. And former Giants lineman Luke Petitgout, who visited the Redskins on Monday, signed with Tampa Bay yesterday.

Petitgout’s apparent deal — three years for $15.5 million with $3 million up front — is small compared to those of Dockery (seven years, $49 million with $18.5 million guaranteed) and Davis (seven years, $49.6 million with $18.75 million guaranteed).

However, the Redskins still didn’t outbid the Bucs, lending credence to the belief coach Joe Gibbs is content to add a relatively cheap free agent down the road or a rookie to compete with holdover Mike Pucillo to fill the left guard void opened by Dockery’s departure.

The remaining free agent guards include the old — Ruben Brown and Adam Timmerman, both 35, and Chris Gray, 36; the infirm — Seth McKinney, Lewis Kelly and Zach Wiegert spent all or much of 2006 on injured reserve; and the lousy — Sean Mahan, Corey Hulsey and Floyd Womack.

Washington’s best options still on the market are probably Denver’s Cooper Carlisle, Tennessee’s Zach Piller and Miami’s Kendyl Jacox, none of whom figure to get line coach Joe Bugel too excited.

Pucillo, 27, started 12 games for Buffalo as a rookie in 2003 and six for Cleveland in 2005 before signing with Washington last year.

Meanwhile, the Redskins bolstered their special teams and added to their depth at cornerback by re-signing Ade Jimoh to a three-year contract. Jimoh, 26, made the roster as a rookie free agent in 2003.

One of the Redskins’ fastest players, Jimoh had 20 special teams tackles each of the past three seasons while also playing some defense.

“I might have been able to play more on defense somewhere else, but I didn’t want to go anywhere,” Jimoh said. “I’m very happy in Washington. I’m glad to have the security of a three-year contract.”

Backup tight end Todd Yoder is the leading candidate to re-sign among Washington’s remaining free agents, a group that also includes tackle Todd Wade, linebackers Warrick Holdman and Jeff Posey, running back T.J. Duckett and tight end Brian Kozlowski.


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