McIntosh on Redskins' minicamp: 'It was just time to come in'
Linebacker Rocky McIntosh made his first appearance at Redskins Park since the offseason condition program began March 15, taking part in this weekend's three-day minicamp.
The fifth-year linebacker had skipped the Redskins' first minicamp in April (both so far have been voluntary for veterans) and hinted he was hoping to be traded after the team offered him only a one-year tender as a restricted free agent this offseason. McIntosh was hoping for a long-term deal.
On Saturday, McIntosh avoided talking in depth about his contract situation and was evasive about his intentions past this weekend. Asked what had changed and what prompted him to come to this weekend's camp, which is voluntary for veterans, McIntosh offered little.
"I came to play ball," he said. "It was just time to come in."
McIntosh has yet to sign his one-year tender offer and signed an injury waiver Friday in order to participate in this weekend's camp. Asked if the contract situation would linger for him, McIntosh said it would not be a distraction.
"Nah, it doesn't matter to me," McIntosh said. "I just came out here to ball, to play football. That's what I love to do so I finally get to be here."
McIntosh's presence is especially important as the Redskins transition to playing in a base 3-4 front under new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.
McIntosh, who until this weekend had been working out on his own, will move inside in the new system. The 2006 second-round pick said he was familiar with some aspects of the scheme because they were similar to those employed by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
But while McIntosh said he felt he had little catching up to do, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan disagreed.
"There's a lot of catch-up involved, there's a lot of work involved," Shanahan said. "But Rocky's a sharp guy, he's an experienced guy. He's played well for us. Hopefully him being here throughout the offseason is going to help our football team and help him."
Shanahan also said he expects McIntosh to continue to attend offseason workouts - including organized team activies and the mandatory minicamp in June.
May 8, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
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