Haley picks Redskins over Packers

Restricted free agent nose tackle Jermaine Haley reached agreement on an offer sheet with the Washington Redskins Thursday night, according to reports. Haley's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was negotiating with the Redskins and Green Bay Packers into the night Thursday before his client opted for the Redskins.<p>

The Packers wanted the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Haley to replace veteran Gilbert Brown. With Haley out of the picture, the chances of Brown, known as "The Gravedigger," returning for his 10th season with Green Bay appear pretty good. Brown, 32, has been hampered by injuries in each of his last two seasons but he is still considered a top defender against the run. He had 36 tackles last year, forced a fumble and had one pass defensed.

Haley, 30, agreed to a four-year offer sheet worth about $4 million, including a $650,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN. He had 37 tackles last year and a half sack. Haley has started nine of 43 games in three seasons with the Dolphins.

Once Haley signs the offer sheet, the Dolphins will have one week to match Washington's offer or receive a seventh-round pick from the Redskins as compensation. Haley was originally drafted by the Dolphins in the seventh round of the 1999 lottery, while he was still under contract to the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He played through the '99 season in the CFL, then joined the Dolphins in 2000.


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