posted on Mar, 4 2004 @ 01:31 PM
So much for the contentions from some Redskins officials that the spendthrift franchise would exercise a degree of restraint on the opening day of
Restraint lasted only about one-half day for owner Daniel Snyder. The Redskins have begun the refurbishing of their defense by reaching agreement in
principle with unrestricted free agent Cornelius Griffin, a tackle who spent the first four years of his career with the New York Giants.
And there was more to come. The Redskins have agreed to a six-year, $30 million deal with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shawn Springs, who also gets a
$10 million signing bonus.
Griffin, 27, will sign a six-year contract worth $25.5 million that includes an $8 million signing bonus. Washington could announce the deal on
A second-round choice in the 2000 draft, Griffin has appeared in 60 games and started 45 of them. He has 191 tackles and 12½ sacks and he is noted
for rare athleticism for a 300-pound player. The irony with Griffin is that the former Alabama standout might have had his best season as a rookie,
when he posted five sacks despite no starts.
Springs will replace starting cornerback Champ Bailey in the secondary.