Redskins obtain guard

The Redskins continued to seek inexpensive help along the offensive line, trading for Jets guard David Loverne on Saturday. The teams also swapped undisclosed draft picks. But this trade doesn't mean they're done seeking help up front.

Redskins vice president of football operations Joe Mendes said the team still would consider drafting a guard or even signing one in free agency.

Washington is still looking for a starting left guard.

Loverne is an inexperienced--and inexpensive--player. Loverne, a third round pick out of San Jose State in 1999, has never started in the NFL. The 6-foot-3, 299-pound Loverne played tackle in college. The restricted free agent recently signed a one-year deal for $525,000.

He mostly served as a blocking back in goal-line situations and likely would have been the fourth guard had he stayed in New York. In last year's opener, Loverne ran the wrong way on one play, collided with quarterback Vinny Testaverde and caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

But in six other goal-line situations with him blocking, the Jets scored four times. He also has played on special teams.

The Redskins liked what they saw of him on tape at guard last preseason.

''He's an aggressive, physical player,'' Mendes told The Journal Newspapers. ''This was an opportunity to get a young, developing player who can help in the long run.''

Mendes would not say what draft picks are involved. But the Jets don't have picks in rounds six or seven. The Jets' lowest pick this year is a fifth-rounder.

It could be that Washington traded a fourth-round pick and received New York's pick in the fifth round plus Loverne.

Another possibility is that the Redskins got a pick in next year's draft. Either way, Washington surrendered a pick this April.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers and is a correspondent for Pro Football Weekly.


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