Semple likes visit

Free agent guard Tony Semple left Redskin Park without a contract offer, but, his agent said, he also left with positive feelings about the Redskins. Semple visited the Redskins on Friday, after dining with owner Daniel Snyder the previous night. But several teams, including his old team, Detroit, are courting Semple.

Semple's agent, Kyle Rote, told the Journal Newspapers he had not received a contract offer as of 3:30 p.m. ET. He said ''nothing was imminent.''

But he also said he would be talking later with Redskins vice president of football operations, Joe Mendes. One Redskins source was optimistic about signing Semple, an eight-year veteran who can also deep snap.

The 6-foot-5, 303-pound Semple, who would start at left guard for the Redskins ate lunch Friday with tackle Jon Jansen, with whom he shares a passion for hunting and fishing.

''That was a smart move,'' Rote said. ''They seemed to hit it off. . . Tony emphasized that they really treated him well.''

Meanwhile, the agent for free agent defensive tackle, Mau Tanuvasa said no visit has yet been arranged. Mark Bartelstein said the Giants and Kansas City also are on Tanuvasa's list of suitors. Tanuvasa is in Hawaii tending to family matters.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers.


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