Washington may not be best destination

The Redskins certainly could be contenders next season, but conditions are ripe for a quarterback controversy.

Updated: February 13, 2004, 11:51 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Whether it's Deion Sanders, Steve Spurrier, Laveranues Coles or Joe Gibbs Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has a history getting what he wants. And right now what he wants is Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell.

The Redskins have moved to the head of the line in negotiations for the 11-year veteran because they are the first team to put forth a concrete contract proposal. Jacksonville is insisting that any team interested in acquiring him must make a specific offer before they can speak with Brunell or his agent. The Skins have reportedly offered him a four-year, $20 million deal that includes an $8 million signing bonus and are willing to give the Jags their third round pick in this April's draft.

At this point, the Redskins are putting forth the best pitch to land Brunell, but there could be a fly in the ointment by the name of Patrick Ramsey. According to Brunell's agent, Leigh Steinberg, his client wants to go to a team that is a playoff contender but more importantly one that won't have a hint of a quarterback controversy. The Redskins certainly could be a contender next season, but conditions are ripe for a controversy on the Beltway.