Haley signing doesn't end search for depth on DL

The Redskins won't end their desire to add another defensive lineman, possibly with their second-round pick in the draft, if they're able to keep defensive tackle Jermaine Haley.

The Redskins signed Haley to an offer sheet Friday, a four-year deal Washington director of pro personnel Vinny Cerrato said he doesn't expect the Dolphins to match. Miami has until next Friday to match the deal. Washington would lose a seventh-round pick if the Dolphins fail to match. That would leave the Redskins with only three picks, but it's likely they'll try and trade down to acquire extra picks.

Haley could emerge as the No. 3 tackle behind Dan Wilkinson and Brandon Noble. But, Cerrato said, they'd like to have four solid tackles so drafting one remains an option.

Haley, who played two years with Toronto in the CFL (1998-99), was a seventh-round pick in 1999 and spent most of his time as a backup. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Haley appeared in 16 games as a reserve last season, finishing with 37 tackles and an interception. Haley started a combined nine games in 2000 and 2001

Haley played five years of Canadian junior football with the Surrey Rams (1991-93) and the Okanagan Sun (1994-95) where he was a perennial all-star on both offense and defense.

During his one season at Butte College in California, Haley was a first team JUCO All-America selection.

''He's a big man who can be a run stopper,'' Cerrato said, ''and take up two blockers. He'll be a guy who fits well especially on run downs.''




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