Mr. Matthews goes to Washington

Following the draft it looked liked the long-anticipated reunion between Shane Matthews and Steve Spurrier would not come true, but it finally became a reality Monday when the veteran free agent quarterback agreed to terms with the Redskins.

When Washington chose Tulane quarterback Patrick Ramsey with the 32nd selection of the first-round of the draft Matthews chances of signing with the Redskins decreased.

However, after Spurrier observed his quarterbacks struggle with his offensive scheme during the Redskins weekend mini-camp there was no doubt the former Florida coach needed Matthews.

That group includes another former Gator, Danny Wuerffel, who served as the Bears' third-stringer last season, as well as the untested Sage Rosenfels and Dameyune Craig.

Matthews starred for Spurrier at the University of Florida, setting 50 school records and 19 SEC marks while compiling a 28-8 record as a starter. Matthews, who was released by the Bears April 24, will have an opportunity to start in Washington after being a backup to Jim Miller for the majority of the 2001 season.

In 22 career regular season contests with the Bears, Matthews completed 366 of 599 passes for 3,461 yards with 19 TDs and 18 interceptions. His 75.1 quarterback rating ranks fourth in team history behind Erik Kramer (80.7), Jim McMahon (80.4) and Miller (76.3).

Roster Move: The Bears added four players to their roster Monday, signing cornerback Travis Coleman (5-11, 180), linebacker Kiah Johnson (6-3, 235), wide receiver Jerris Evans (5-11, 185) and fullback Charles Kirby (6-1, 240).

Coleman, Johnson and Evans are all undrafted free agents. Kirby signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent in 1998 and spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

The Virginia product was on Kansas City's practice squad in 1999 and Tampa Bay's practice squad in 2000 before being moved to the Bucs' active roster on Oct. 4. He spent last season on Tampa Bay's injured reserve list.


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