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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

August 21- Godfrey chose Skins over retirment, Gibbs fuming at Post report

The Redskins release LB Lemar Marshall and signed former Cowboy, Titan and Charger Randall Godfrey.. Marshall was the starting middle linebacker the last two season and led the team in tackles in 2005.. He was replaced by London Fletcher this off-season but figured to be the prime back-up at weak side linebacker and middle linebacker.. The team had been speaking to Godfrey for months and had him high on their wish list during free agency.. But Godfrey, who turned down a one year offer with a pay cut to stay in San Diego moved his family back to Georgia (he played at the University of GA) and was contemplating retirement.. Godfrey said he had offers from the Eagles and Cardinals on the table as well.. It was his 9th grade son who told him to starp it up for this season and play..
Phillip Daniels is a close friend of Godfrey and was lobbying the linebacker to come back.. The D-end said he’s been in touch with Godfrey for the last 3 weeks trying to work on him.. Daniels joked now that he is here, “he owes me 3% commission.”

The team also inked WR Jeryl Myers, a former Arena Football player to replace Mike Espy who went on IR after undergoing season ending knee surgery..

Those who did not practice today: QB Jason Campbell (knee) who did take part in the walk through but not in the full practice.. Joe Gibbs said Campbell has an amazingly low amount of swelling in his knee but would not commit to whether Campbell would be ready to play this weekend against the Ravens.. Popular belief at the Park is Campbell will be held out, but we’ll see.. Gibbs also wouldn’t commit to who would be the starter until Campbell’s status was clarified..
RB Clinton Portis (knee) did some individual work again, he remains unlikely to play this weekend.. T Chris Samuels (knee) did some jogging and agility work but will not play this weekend and said he is not hopeful to be on the field for the pre-season finale against JAX.. Samuels said he remains very optimistic that he will return for the season opener against Miami..
LB Marcus Washington (elbow) was out, WR Jason McAddeley (hamstring) was held out of practice, G Todd Wade (shoulder) did some individual work and did take part in a limited amount of team work.. he is questionable for this weekend and the team has yet to determine who will start at LG if Wade is healthy enough to go.. TE Tyler Ecker (groin) remains out and seems like an IR candidate..

Joe Gibbs said the team has had no discussions regarding the never ending rumored trade talks between the Falcons and Redskins for QB Mark Brunell.. The Falcons know Mike Vick won’t play for them this year and now they have lost DJ Shockley for the season.. The Skins seem unlikely to make a move here but figure to be interested listeners if Atlanta comes calling..

Gibbs was angry about the Washington Post article that criticized the left side of the offensive line saying that the report that Stephon Heyer was having trouble adjusting to some of the techniques was inaccurate. He said he wants “the fans to have all the facts. There are a lot of reasons for giving up sacks but I want people to know Heyer hasn’t given up one.” Gibbs refuses to lay the blame for the glut of sacks through two pre-season games on anyone in particular but did repeat that the QB missed two sight adjustments on plays that caused sacks and one “route was broken off” on a Todd Collins sack.. In my opinion, he’s just trying to be over-protective of his group.. Also, the Redskins really feel like Heyer is a diamond in the rough and do not want to get him to think he is doing anything negative on the field at this point.. Still, Samuels job is not in jeopardy through two weeks of the pre-season and the crux of the article went after the obvious hole at LG.. To that, Gibbs has no particular answer at this point..

OK men..


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