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Daniels expects to stay
Redskins make offer to Daniels

Date published: 3/2/2010

BY RICH CAMPBELL

Veteran defensive end Phillip Daniels expects to remain with the Washington Redskins after the team recently offered him a contract extension.

Daniels said in a phone interview yesterday that he hopes to re-sign by Thursday, his 37th birthday, before he becomes an unrestricted free agent the next day.

"I kind of liked the initial offer they put out there," he said. "It's just minor things, nothing major that's got to be worked on. We've just got to get the details ironed out."

Daniels started 15 games and had 24 solo tackles for the Redskins last season, his sixth with the team and 14th in the league. He rebounded from the torn left ACL that cost him the 2008 season and was Washington's recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.

He said he has spoken with new general manager Bruce Allen and new defensive line coach Jacob Burney and feels comfortable with how the team would use him as it shifts to a 3-4 base front.

"They haven't talked to me about playing inside or anything, so I assuming it has got to be the end spot," he said. "I know it's not outside linebacker."

Daniels has played well for the Redskins in his unsung run-stopping role. He rarely makes flashy big plays-he had only one sack last season- but he's adept at holding the edge, containing running backs and funneling them to the linebackers.

Rich Campbell: 540/735-1974
Email: rcampbell@freelancestar.com