Jason La Canfora Checks In
--The Redskins have restructured tackle Jon Jansen's contract, converting base salary to bonuses and saving about $3.1 million against the cap, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team is now about $4 million over the cap but with the contracts of Mark Brunell and Rock Cartwright voiding next week, they are essentially in compliance. The team can still re-do as many as six other contracts if necessary. Expect meetings with the agents of several players to happen at the combine, including the agent for cornerback Shawn Springs.
--The Redskins have expressed interest in retaining offensive lineman Jason Fabini, scheduled to become a free agent next week. He has spent most of his career as a starting tackle in the league and impressed many with his adjustment to guard, starting there most of the season after Randy Thomas was hurt. Given Fabini's experience and versatility, he is inclined to test the market but is not opposed to returning to the Redskins in a reserve role, according to a source. The sides are likely to speak again at the combine.
--The team is also interested in re-signing punter Derrick Frost and backup quarterback Todd Collins from its group of potential free agents.
--If the Redskins pursue potential free-agent linebacker Lance Briggs of the Bears for the second consecutive year, it won't come cheap, according to league sources. Drew Rosenhaus, Briggs's agent, is seeking a deal worth $20 million guaranteed and averaging about $7 million a season, according to a source. Chicago recently made a modest offer to retain hm but the team expects Briggs to become a free agent, according to a source. Given the Redskins' cap situation and desire to procure a star wide receiver on the open market, Briggs could prove too pricey. The Bears believe the 49ers will be Briggs's most determined suitor.
--Should the Redskins fail to land a star receiver, Seattle wideout D.J. Hackett could be attractive to new coach Jim Zorn, who spent the last seven years with the Seahawks.
--League sources expect the Redskins to pursue free agent cornerback Drayton Florence, who played for the Chargers.
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