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Smoot returns, as Redskins end modest weekend

| Monday, March 5, 2007

ASHBURN, Va. - Fred Smoot was in classic form for his Washington Redskins reunion, punching out one-liners while ruing his two-year misadventure with the Minnesota Vikings.

It was a good thing he was there, considering little else was happening Sunday at Redskins Park.

A team known for its big-spending ways had -- by its own standards, at least -- a very modest first three days of free agency.

"This year seemed to be a little bit different," coach Joe Gibbs said. "And certainly we were trying to be smart in what we did. Things kind of took off wildly with the money and everything."

Smoot and linebacker London Fletcher are the only signings to date, and Gibbs said no new free agents were scheduled for visits. That's a far cry from last year, when the Redskins acquired six players -- most of them commanding top-tier contracts -- in the first four days.

Cowboys sign Davis

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with free-agent offensive lineman Leonard Davis.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple confirmed the deal yesterday, but not the details of the agreement. He said a formal announcement by the team was expected today.

According to various reports, including a story posted on the team's Web site, Davis agreed to a seven-year contract worth nearly $50 million, including $18.75 million in guaranteed money.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys picked up wide receiver Terry Glenn's $5 million roster bonus, virtually assuring he will remain with the team.

Northcutt joins Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars believe they found a legitimate deep threat in free agency, agreeing to a five-year contract with former Cleveland receiver Dennis Northcutt.

Northcutt flew to Jacksonville for a physical yesterday and was expected to sign the deal today.

The contract was reportedly worth $17 million and included a $4.5-million signing bonus.

Northcutt had 276 receptions for 3,438 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven years with the Browns.

Bucs secure fullback

Free-agent fullback B.J. Askew signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Askew, drafted by the Jets in the third round out of Michigan in 2003, has played in 55 games in his four NFL seasons, all with New York. In 2004, he and Jerald Sowell were the lead blockers for running back Curtis Martin, who led the league with 1,697 yards rushing.

Askew has 102 yards rushing on 27 carries and 12 catches for 73 yards in four seasons while being used mainly as a blocker. He was also a standout on special teams.

Lions, White agree to deal

Free-agent defensive end Dewayne White left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a better opportunity and more money in Detroit, just like his former assistant coach did last year.

White signed a five-year contract worth $29 million -- $13 million guaranteed -- with the Lions to become a starter and reunite with coach Rod Marinelli.

"I believe 100 percent in coach Marinelli's philosophy," White said. "With that belief comes hard work and effort and all that is going to pay off. I believe that. That's why I came here."

The 6-foot-2, 273-pound White had 14 sacks the last three seasons, playing in 16 games each year for the Buccaneers, and has 114 career tackles over four seasons.

In other news

Quarterback Jake Plummer said he's retiring, one day after being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the Denver Broncos. Plummer, 32, started 136 games and had 29,253 passing yards over 10 seasons with the Broncos and Arizona Cardinals. Denver traded him to Tampa Bay yesterday for a conditional pick in the 2008 NFL draft.

• The Cowboys picked up wide receiver Terry Glenn's $5 million roster bonus, virtually assuring he will remain with the team.


4 - Career 1,000-yard seasons for Dallas Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn.

6 - Receiving touchdowns for Glenn in 2006, one shy of his career high.

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