With Wilber Marshall awaiting designation, the Washington Redskins introduced his probable successor at strong-side linebacker Monday: Carl Banks, an old nemesis from their rivalry with the New York Giants.
Banks, a former Pro Bowl player who became an unrestricted free agent Thursday, agreed to a multiyear contract late Sunday night. The Washington Post reported the deal was worth $1.8-million a year for three years.
The Giants originally named Banks their transition player, only to rescind the title when they signed outside linebacker Michael Brooks to a contract worth $1.8-million a year.
Banks made only 55 tackles and four sacks in 15 starts last season, but the Redskins believe the 31-year-old, 10-year veteran has some mileage left. So, on a day when they were required to make an offer of $1.6-million to Marshall, their reigning Pro Bowl linebacker, they were ready to make the move to Banks.
General manager Charley Casserly said the NFL office advised the Redskins to make the offer in advance of a decision from commissioner Paul Tagliabue about Marshall's status. The Redskins say they have a deal that sends Marshall to the Houston Oilers for first- and fifth-round draft picks, and that they'll chip in $150,000 to help meet Marshall's asking price of $2.9-million. The Oilers say they withdrew their offer of $2.75-million before a June 3 deadline.
Giants: As New York opened a three-day minicamp, linebacker Lawrence Taylor was rehabilitating his severed Achilles' tendon at a charity golf event in Kansas City. New coach Dan Reeves: "I thought Lawrence would be here. I've heard what his feelings have been in the past, but this is the future now. So, if he wants to be a part of it, I want to sit down and talk to him. To help us from a team standpoint he certainly needs to be here and to be physically ready to go. I don't know if anybody has ever rehabed an Achilles on the golf course."