Daniel Snyder took over the Washington Redskins in 1999, and immediately
became a D.C. hero after his first year as owner produced the team's first
playoff appearance in seven years. But the new millennium has been far less
kind to Snyder.
Since that first season the Redskins have spent excessively, gone through
four different coaches and compiled a record of 28-36. That is
expected to change this year. The Redskins lured Joe Gibbs out of
retirement to patrol the sidelines and once again have made a dramatic
offseason change to their roster.
First the team traded for QB Mark Brunell, inking him
to a seven-year, $43 million deal that included a signing bonus of $8.6
million. Then they dealt CB Champ Bailey and a second-round
pick to Denver to pick up tailback Clinton Portis.
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