Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Coach Joe Gibbs said last night he expects the Washington Redskins to be “more selective” in free agency, which begins Feb. 29, than they have been in the past.

That doesn’t mean the Redskins won’t pursue Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs for a second offseason or replace Shawn Springs with a younger cornerback. Except for late safety Sean Taylor, all players who started the 2007 opener are under contract for 2008.

Gibbs said director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer expects Rocky McIntosh to be ready for the start of the season. That would be a relatively quick recovery for the weakside linebacker, who tore two ligaments in his left knee Dec. 16 against the New York Giants.

Five other players will have offseason surgery. Starting defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin and tight end Todd Yoder will have arthroscopic surgery on their right knees. Linebacker H.B. Blades and safety Vernon Fox will have their left knees scoped. Two-way lineman Lorenzo Alexander will have his right ankle scoped.

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