Redskins contact Bailey's agent

The Redskins finally did what Champ Bailey has been waiting for. They called his agent. Owner Dan Snyder talked to Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, on Tuesday night.

Talks have not yet started, but it's more contact than the two sides have had. They agreed that they would meet when Reale comes to training camp in August, though no date has been set.

The Redskins have always said they'd re-sign Bailey, who is getting antsy for that to happen. But Washington had to resolve the situation with defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson first.

''I appreciated the call,'' Reale said. ''Dan indicated thata Champ was an important part of the team and they'd like to keep him here. We'll start our discussions and go from there.''

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