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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Zorn talks at the combine


Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

In case you've never covered an NFL combine, reporters sit around for hours munching on free food and waiting for coaches, executives and players to stop by and visit with them. Earlier today, Redskins head coach Jim Zorn made an appearance.

He didn't pull back the curtain too far, but he did say that guard Randy Thomas recently underwent surgery for a neck injury. It's even more reason why the Redskins need to be focused on re-tooling the offensive and defensive lines. I couldn't get Redskins personnel chief Vinny Cerrato to admit that earlier. In fact, I couldn't get him to admit much of anything. But don't let that keep you away from my Redskins column Friday.

Zorn said the Redskins intended to be aggressive in free agency, which is odd since they don't have a lot of cap room. He said it was unlikely they'll be able to sign unrestricted free agents DeAngelo Hall or Pete Kendall.

Zorn also said the club remains interested in bringing defensive end Jason Taylor back for a second season. I don't see any way that happens, though, unless Taylor's willing to restructure his deal.

I'll have some quotes from Zorn a little later. Cerrato did tell me that he's taken steps to give the club a chance at doing some things in free agency. But much more of that in tomorrow's column.