Jansen's agent denies report

One of the biggest stories that could develop next season is Jon Jansens's status. The Redskins say they've opened discussions on a new deal. Jansen's agent says something else.

Jansen's agent, Rick Smith, denied there had been any talk of extending his client's contract.

Jansen's contract runs through the 2003 season, but can be voided after this season because of already-reached incentives.

But, contrary to a published report in The Washington Post, no talks have begun.

''There's no truth to the story,'' Smith told The Journal Newspapers. ''There's nothing going on.''

Jansen would like to remain in Washington. He and his wife like living in rural Virginia and he's a sucker for tradition.

At last weekend's minicamp, all Jansen would say is that he plans on being the starting right tackle this season.

''End of story,'' he said.

If he reaches the open market, he'll command much more than the $763,000 he'll count toward the cap this season.

He has told people that he's irked about the lack of negotiations. Of course, Washington has a few other matters to settle, starting at end with Marco Coleman and Bruce Smith, both of whom will have to redo deals.

They also have 10 rookies to sign.


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