Brown Headed to Washington?

When the Redskins interviewed Courtney Brown before the 2000 draft, they came away less than impressed. Not with his talent: that wasn't in doubt. But at least some in the organization felt he lacked a fire, something that couldn't be said about college teammate, and prospective draftee, LaVar Arrington.

So they wanted Arrington. Now it appears Brown could be headed here after all. According to various reports, Brown, released by Cleveland Monday, will visit Washington. One report said he would be in town Wednesday, with Denver also interested.

Brown reportedly rejected overtures by the Browns to restructure his contract once he learned the Redskins were interested. His agent, Marvin Demoff, represents Gregg Williams. Sources in Cleveland say Demoff wasn't going to do the Browns ''any favors'' when it came to the contract.

Redskins consultant Foge Fazio coached Brown in Cleveland and was Washington's linebackers coach in 2000. His opinion will carry some weight on this issue.

But injuries have marked Brown's career. He missed six games in 2001 with a torn knee ligament and needed four surgeries in the next four years. Some Browns coaches speculated he often was hurt because he played so selflessly, throwing his body around with abandon. Former Redskins coach Terry Robiskie, now the receivers coach in Cleveland and an interim coach with the Browns last year, has said Brown has spent too much time in the weight room, wearing his body down.

Brown would be a gamble for the Redskins, if signed. As long as it's not expensive, he might be worth it. They might catch a player at the right time instead of at the end.

Those who knew Brown in Cleveland say he could benefit from a change of scenery. Washington might be that place.

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