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Chris Cooley, Madieu Williams Not Offered Contracts

By failing to tender six players a qualifying offer by June 1, they will not be restricted to signing with the Redskins once the signing deadline passes on June 16.


The Redskins did not offer contracts to six of their remaining unrestricted free agents by June 1, leaving them free to sign with any team at any point during the coming season.

Free safety Madieu Williams, tight end Chris Cooley, offensive tackles Jammal Brown and Jordan Black, cornerback Cedric Griffin and linebacker Chris Wilson all became unrestricted free agents on March 12 when the league year began.

Washington could have retained any one of those six players’ rights beginning June 16 had they given them a qualifying offer by Saturday. That offer, which is required to be for 110 percent of the player’s salary from last season, would only allow the player to sign with another team until June 15.

Williams started every game in his only season with the Redskins and had 99 tackles and an interception. Griffin played in 10 games, missing three because of injury and the final four of the regular season for failing a drug test before returning for the playoffs.

Wilson played in every game on special teams. Black and Cooley appear likely to retire, while Brown is still recovering from a third hip surgery.

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