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.