December 2007 - Washington Redskins Wiretap
Gibbs Says Extension Was Not Offered
Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs denied an ESPN report Sunday that he had been offered a two-year contract extension by owner Daniel Snyder. Gibbs has maintained that he will entertain no thoughts of his future or any contract until after the season. Gibbs, through team spokesman Chris Helein, said that he has had no conversations about an extension and has no plans to at this point. Gibbs and Snyder meet annually the week after the end of every season, when they chart the future for the organization and mull any staff changes. Gibbs has continued to say that he has every "intention" of returning for 2008, the fifth and final season of his $28.5 million contract.
Source: Redskins Offer Gibbs Two-Year Extension
With a game crucial to their playoff hopes coming up Sunday night against the Vikings, the Redskins have offered a two-year contract extension to Head Coach Joe Gibbs, according to a source. Owner Daniel Snyder has said he's confident he can convince the Hall of Fame coach, who is in his second stint with the Redskins, to stay in Washington. In his 16th season coaching in the NFL, Gibbs' Redskins are 7-7 this year.
Gun That Killed Taylor Was Thrown Into Everglades
The gun that killed Washington Redskins' star Sean Taylor was placed in a sock and thrown into the Everglades, an attorney for one of the suspects said. The four suspects have filed not guilty pleas to first-degree felony murder and armed burglary charges and are being held without bond. They are due in court for arraignment Friday. Attorney Michael Hornung said Friday that his client Venjah Hunte is cooperating with prosecutors in hopes of a plea deal and wants to help find the murder weapon. "We have started negotiations and discussions with the prosecutors in this case. Based on his substantial assistance, we hope it would be taken into account," said Hornung, who first gave the information to The Miami Herald. Hornung said Hunte has told prosecutors that one of his co-defendants got out of the car on the highway known as Alligator Alley in the eastern part of the Everglades. One of the other defendants put the black gun in a sock and threw it about 20 yards onto the side of the road, Hornung said. He said his client has been a credible witness and was "now filling in some of the missing pieces in this case."
Redskins Add Veteran Safety Stoutmire
With several safeties nursing nagging injuries, the Redskins moved to bolster the position for Sunday's game at Minnesota by adding veteran free agent Omar Stoutmire, who played for the team in 2006 and was also in training camp with Washington this summer. An 11-year veteran, Stoutmire is familiar with the design of Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams and, assuming he is in good shape physically, could be ready to contribute quickly if needed. Reserve safeties Pierson Priloeau and Vernon Fox both sustained minor injuries in last week's victory over the New York Giants, and starting strong safety LaRon Landry has been playing at less than 100 percent. Landry missed the team's Thursday practice with an undisclosed injury. The matchup with the Vikings is key to the Redskins, who are still clinging to faint NFC wild-card hopes.
Randle El Says He's Ready If Needed At QB
Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El prepared for his new role as the emergency quarterback, working at the position after practice yesterday at Redskins Park. Randle El was with the first-team offense while the Washington Redskins prepared to face the New York Giants on Sunday at Giants Stadium, then remained behind to take snaps and review plays after most of the coaches and players had left the practice field. With Jason Campbell expected to be sidelined the last three regular season games because of knee problems and Todd Collins and Mark Brunell the only healthy quarterbacks on the active roster, Randle El said he would be ready if needed. "Just in terms of certain reads, of course, I had to refresh my memory," Randle El said. "I run the routes [as a wide receiver], so I know where you're supposed to be taking it over to the quarterback spot. "But in terms of the read part, knowing the coverage and where to throw it to everything, that's what I had to get down."
With Campbell Hurting Badly, Collins Becomes Redskins' Starter
Jason Campbell doesn't appear likely to return for the Washington Redskins this season, leaving the team's playoff hopes resting on the arm of longtime bench-warmer Todd Collins. An MRI on Campbell's dislocated kneecap revealed that the injury probably would not require surgery, Coach Joe Gibbs said Friday. The normal recovery time is about four weeks, but the coach and Campbell tried their best not to rule out a return. "We're taking things day by day and week by week," said Campbell, standing on crutches with a brace around his left leg. "We'll see how things improve over the next couple of weeks. The thing I have to do right now is stay off it as much as possible and let the swelling get out of it and see what happens." Washington (6-7) likely needs to win its final three games - all against teams jockeying for playoff position - to reach the postseason.
Redskins Win To Remain In Playoff Hunt
Only days removed from burying a teammate, and without the benefit of a full practice, the Washington Redskins managed to win thanks to a backup quarterback who last completed a pass in 2004. Todd Collins came on for the injured Jason Campbell and threw for two touchdowns Thursday night, leading Washington to a 24-16 victory over the fading Chicago Bears that ended the Redskins' four-game losing streak.
Redskins' Campbell Suffers Knee Injury, Will Likely Not Return
Redskins' quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a left knee injury during the second quarter of Thursday's game against the Bears. As he completed a short pass to running back Ladell Betts, Campbell was tackled by Chicago defensive end Mark Anderson. The quarterback was taken off the field by a cart and will likely not return.
Bears' Grossman Leaves Game With Knee Injury
Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman left in the first quarter of Thursday night's game against the Washington Redskins with a knee injury, and the Bears said he would not return. Grossman's left leg twisted awkwardly when he was driven into the ground by defensive lineman Cornelius Griffin. The injury happened on Chicago's second possession, slightly more than 4 minutes into the game. Grossman was 2-for-6 for 14 yards to that point. He was replaced by Brian Griese.
Skins' Taylor Leads Pro Bowl Voting At Safety
Slain Washington Redskins' safety Sean Taylor leads the Pro Bowl voting at his position, according to tallies released Wednesday by the NFL. Taylor had 187,064 votes from fans as of Nov. 13, tops among free safeties in the NFC. Taylor died last week after being shot at his home in Florida. He had five interceptions this year and ranked among the league leaders for most of the season. Fan voting continues through Dec. 11 and will count for one-third of the total vote to determine who plays in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Feb. 10.
Miami-Dade Police: 4 Men Arrested In Taylor Shooting Death
Police said two men and two juveniles arrested Friday went to Sean Taylor's home intent on stealing, not killing.