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Redskins make an offer to Daniels

With Washington preparing to make a major shift to a 3-4 defense, the team wants to bring back veteran defensive lineman Phillip Daniels, two people familiar with the situation said Sunday.

The Redskins have extended a contract offer to the 14-year veteran, who could become an unrestricted free agent Friday. Daniels's representative is expected to resume negotiations with the team early this week. The Redskins also are in contract talks with the agent for center Casey Rabach, who could test the market as an unrestricted free agent Friday if the sides fail to reach an agreement.

Daniels played in every game last season, starting 15, despite being slowed for much of the season by of a torn right biceps. According to, Daniels was credited with 35 tackles, including 24 unassisted, and one sack. Tackles are not an official statistic.

Daniels, who turns 37 on Thursday, suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of training camp in 2008. Last season, Daniels was named the winner of the Redskins' Ed Block Courage Award, presented to a player from each team who displays courage amid adversity. The award, named for longtime Baltimore Colts trainer Ed Block, was first presented in 1978.

By Jason Reid  |  February 28, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
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Are they going by age -- signing contracts with the oldest guys first? Age before beauty?

Posted by: League-Source | February 28, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I,m sure these guys know what they're doing but...

I was hopeful we would get younger

I really don't think anyone is standing in line to sign our two aging linemen

Posted by: byrdinthesky | February 28, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I like this move. Big Phil is a great locker room guy, role model to the younger guys, has a great work ethic, and is a perfect fit in the 3-4 as a DE.

I wish he was 10 years younger but no harm in a 1 or 2 year deal.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 28, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Daniels is a solid backup..Auld Lang Sign, I guess..Great comeback at 37..The US almost hooked the Canuck..Canadians had a better ratatatat attack in front of the net..Heating oil trucks can't make it up to the Virginia mountains where I live...Just a few cases of Bud heating fuel left...I was saving 'em to do a re-enactment of 9-11..complete with pre-set charges...But they do burn pretty good..

Posted by: frak | February 28, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Daniels is old but he's got a lot of guts; much more than Portis does. Daniels played with one arm for awhile and showed up for practice. If he still can go, sign him if for nothing else, being a warrior and a professional.

Take notes Fatboy; 47 million guaranteed doesn't excuse you not getting your fat @$s in shape...Daniels is always in shape

Posted by: kahlua87 | February 28, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

3/4. Our D is great. Is Albert going to play nose tackle? That lazy sack takes half the plays off. Nice signing, though.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | February 28, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

getting in shape doesn't get you 47 million guaranteed, talent does

Daniels is getting offered a veteran minimum contract cause, well, he's not that talented

you can't just run a 3-4 cause you want to, you gotta have players

Daniels at DE? Alexander at LB? I might have to take back every bad thing that I said about Blache

Posted by: coparker5 | February 28, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

3- 4 front 7 and where player fit.

DEs: Daniels, Alexander, Jarmon, Haynesworth,
NTs: Montgomery, Haynesworth
OLBs: Orakpo, Wilson, Carter, Gatewood
ILBs: Fletcher, Blades, Macintosh, Henson

Haynesworth could play either. Carter failed miserably in S.F. as a OLB and is way to light to play DE in a 3- 4.
Golston and Griffin are very expendable and don’t have a true home in a 3-4.

Need at least 3 players especially at NT, OLB, ILB or DE.
NT- Justin Bannan UFA, or draft Terrence Cody in 2nd
ILB - Karlos Dansby UFA, Larry Foote UFA, Paris Lennon UFA, Matt Wilhem UFA
OLB- Scott Fujita UFA, Tully Banta-Cain UFA
DE- Jarvis Green UFA, Dwan Edwards UFA

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 28, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Always nice to read your posts Diesel44. See you're still pimping MONTGOMERY and HAYNESWORTH at the NT.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I wouldent mind trading Andre Carter for a pick N dis year's draft and try our best trading back to have mutilple pick N the first 3 rounds but dats goin to be hard because dis class is so deep N talent

For Free agents I would go Dansby, Sproles N i kno dis a lil risky but i would mind Peppers since he wants to play for a 3-4 he dominated our depleted line last year..

Posted by: PardenMiSwage | February 28, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Peppers since he wants to play for a 3-4 he dominated our depleted line last year..

Posted by: PardenMiSwage | February 28, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Who didn't.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 28, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

To Those of you that havent check it out, here is my insight and opinion on "The Jason Campbell debate"

Posted by: b145579 | February 28, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder was a big Rock Cartwright fan because they were about the same height.Does he like Daniels since they're close in age?

Posted by: seanmg | March 1, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Phillip Daniels is a true Redskin.

Posted by: RedCherokee | March 1, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe my ears. Phil Daniels may be strong at the point of attack, BUT HE CAN'T RUN, FOLKS...NOT SHORT DISTANCES OR LONG DISTANCES. WHAT ARE THE REDSKINS DOING ????

Posted by: mwgaithersburg | March 1, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

In the 3-4, it's the linebackers that do all the running. The lineman just occupy.

Posted by: shanks1 | March 1, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

How can anybody complain about an OFFER being made? Nobody even knows the terms yet! Besides, this team could about 15 more Phillip Daniels' on the roster. True professional, works hard, is a leader and shows up everyday--injured or not. How many guys on this team can that be said about?

Posted by: largetony86 | March 1, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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