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BillyCarpenter1 07-29-2003 02:09 PM

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Contract dispute ends with Wilkinson's release

By Len Pasquarelli

ASHBURN, Va. -- Unable to resolve their contract differences, the Washington Redskins on Tuesday terminated the contract of starting defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson, as veteran club officials did not feel could he play up to his scheduled $3.5 million salary for 2003.

coastalkid 07-29-2003 02:15 PM

Big Daddy Cut.
Is this someone of value to us?????
I haven\'t exactly kept up with him over the last two/three years but at one time he was \"the man\" thus the big contract in Washington. Does anyone think this is the guy for us?

BlackandBlue 07-29-2003 02:25 PM

Big Daddy Cut.
Think Norman Hand from two years ago, and you are along the right lines.

BillyCarpenter1 07-29-2003 02:33 PM

Big Daddy Cut.

Big Daddy By Rich Tandler -- Posted Jun 2, 2003

We have a new series, the top 10 most pivotal Redskins. Here we will evaluate a different player from the top 10 Redskins going into 2003. Today we take a look at Dan \"Big Daddy\" Wilkinson.

For his entire NFL career, defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson has had massive expectations placed on his massive shoulders. He not only came in as the number one overall pick in the 1994 draft but, as he was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals, he had the added burden of playing in the same state where he had starred as on Ohio State Buckeye. After four decent but unspectacular years with the Bengals, he jumped to the Redskins as a free agent. Well, not quite free. He cost the Redskins a big contract and their 1994 first- and third-round draft picks.

The Redskins were expecting that a change of scene and a bit more experience would launch “Big Daddy� to stardom. As the years rolled on, the expectations faded to hope, the hope to wishful thinking. Few if any defensive tackles have blossomed into Pro Bowl performers after the age of 30 and that’s how old Wilkinson is. Bust might be too strong a term to use to describe him; certainly, disappointment is not.

Wilkinson enters the 2003 season with his Redskins career teetering on the brink. Had Daryl Gardener re-signed with the Redskins last March, Wilkinson almost certainly would have been a June 1 salary cap casualty. As it is, he will be expected to take a pay cut to reduce his $5.1 million salary cap number.

To his credit, Wilkinson came into minicamp in the best shape he’s been in in years, suggesting that he realizes that his NFL days are numbered and conditioning will be the key to how many more NFL paydays there will be for him. He will be lining up next to free agent acquisition Brandon Noble at defensive tackle. Noble is kind of the anti-Wilkinson. Big Daddy has great physical talent but tends to take plays, even series, off. Noble is not blessed with great tools but his motor never stops. Perhaps Noble can serve as an inspiration for Wilkinson.

The Redskins do not need for Wilkinson to blossom into stardom and become a Pro Bowl starter for their defense to be successful. They expect him to go hard on every play, occupy a good chunk of space in the middle of the line, and generate an occasional pass rush push up the middle. That will free up the Redskins linebackers to make plays. If Wilkinson can do that consistently, both his future and the defense’s performance will be looking solid. If not, it will be the end of the trail for Big Daddy and back to the drawing board for the Redskins.

coastalkid 07-29-2003 02:33 PM

Big Daddy Cut.
I just read where he is only 30 years old. I think he may fit with us. He had a off year last year but fought injuries for most of the year. Maybe something like a one or two year contract may fit. He seems to be healthy and in shape now. I see more positives than negatives. What\'s the knock on him?

lumm0x 07-29-2003 04:27 PM

Big Daddy Cut.
Unless Grady retires or gets cut I can\'t see us going with 7+ DT\'s on the roster. I\'m on the fence about the guy. I never even thought of Ford until his name came up and I kinda like the pick up.

BillyCarpenter1 07-29-2003 04:58 PM

Big Daddy Cut.
Depending on what the asking price was, I would roll the dice on this guy. Would maybe give some leverage to sign Sullivan and maybe motivate Grady. Who knows, he could be a good player for us.

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