David Elfin On Sports: Redskins Players Show Commitment
None of the three dozen or so veterans who attended at least one of the player-led Redskins practices in Northern Virginia during this spring’s NFL lockout had to be there.
But the vast majority of those who showed up are under contract with Washington for 2011. While such regulars as Santana Moss, Carlos Rogers and Jammal Brown stayed away from the workouts because they remain unsigned, Kedric Golston, Rocky McIntosh and Rex Grossman were all on hand even though they don’t have contracts and hope to begin this season the way they finished 2010: as starters.
Golston et al deserve kudos for going above and beyond while under contract starters such as Trent Williams, Adam Carriker and LaRon Landry didn’t make the effort to join their teammates at the chemistry-building workouts.
“It shows their commitment, that these guys really want to be back here,” co-captain London Fletcher saif about Golston, McIntosh and Grossman.
Golston, who has made Northern Virginia his home since being drafted by the Redskins in the sixth round in 2006, has no intention of going anywhere else.
“I’m a Redskin until somebody tells me I’m not,” said the 28-year-old defensive end, who’ll have to fend off second-round draft choice Jarvis Jenkins for his starting job if he re-signs with Washington. “I’ve had good conversations with the coaches (about returning). I enjoy football. I enjoy being with the guys. Who knows what’s going to happen, but I’m not going to feel like I’m not part of this team because I’m not under contract.”
McIntosh, chosen in the second round in the same draft as Golston, was less of a regular for the practices and is less sure about remaining a Redskin this season.
However, the 28-year-old inside linebacker said that he’s over his anger at the system which turned him from an unrestricted free agent into a restricted one last offseason and has prevented him from testing the market again this year.
“I was pretty upset at first, but what can you do?” said McIntosh, a starter the past four years. “Whenever (the lockout) is done, I should be a free agent. Until that happens, I wanted to be out here with my teammates.”
David Elfin has covered sports since he was a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1975. He is the Washington representative on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and is the former President of the Pro Football Writers of America. A pre-game regular on 106.7-The Fan during the 2010 Redskins season, he returned to the station as its blogger in March.