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Redskins Look North, Work Out CFL Starting Lineman Brian Simmons


Brian Simmons, a 6-foot-5, 304-pound offensive lineman who started all 18 games at left tackle for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats last season, worked out for the Washington Redskins last week, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Simmons, 27, played four seasons in college at Oklahoma, where he was a teammate of left tackle Trent Williams and occasionally started next to him at left guard. He was in New England’s training camp in 2010 after going undrafted, then signed with Hamilton for the 2011 season.

A pending CFL free agent, Simmons has been pursuing an opportunity in the NFL. He was scheduled for workouts with six teams, including Miami, with whom he worked out two weeks ago.

The successes of Miami linebacker Cameron Wake and Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner, each of whom started their professional careers in the CFL, have caused several NFL teams to start looking for talent in north of the border.

Chicago hired Marc Trestman, who spent five seasons as Montreal’s head coach after a lengthy career as an NFL assistant, to the same position last week. Recently, several teams, including Indianapolis, New England and Philadelphia, worked out defensive tackle Armond Armstead, who played collegiately at Southern California and helped Toronto win the Grey Cup.