Todd Wade - It's Getting Close
Hey there. I know that the NFL Network is reporting a deal with Wade is done. And I don't doubt it will get done (I think I had him at least tied for the highest score in America's Next Top Dock a while back). But I have multiple sources on both sides of the negotiations telling me that as of 11 pm ish Wed. night, they were very close but had not in fact agreed to terms.
So I got's to go with that. Have to play it safe and go with what I know. I do believe they will get a multi-year deal done by Thursday.
Several players said privately that facing Wade in practice last season was often more difficult than going against starting tackle Jon Jansen, and Wade's return, when coupled with the re-signing of Mike Pucillo, would give Washington solid depth at vital positions.
Wade (6-foot-8, 317 pounds) was originally selected 53rd overall by Miami in 2000 and was signed to a hefty contract by Houston in 2004, including a $10-million bonus. He started 13 games for the Texans that season but suffered a career-threatening knee injury in 2005, and was signed by the Redskins last September. He recovered fully from the knee problems and, should the sides complete a multi-year deal as expected, could fill a crucial role in 2007.
This dude could be an absolute beast if he stays healthy, could start at guard and be a stud back-up at tackle if need be. A year ago the O Line depth was a major area of concern. Skins complete this deal they should be in real good shape (and I would still be surprised if they don't trade down and get a young O Linemen to develop in the second/third round).
Jason La Canfora
March 14, 2007; 9:52 PM ET
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