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'Skins could use 'franchise' tag on CB

Champ Bailey, one of the league's top cornerbacks, was surprisingly given permission by the Redskins to seek a trade.

Updated: February 16, 2004, 11:43 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In a stunning move that certainly grabbed the attention of league general managers on an otherwise serene Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins have granted four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey permission to initiate trade discussions with other franchises, ESPN.com has learned.

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Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, said he spoke to "seven or eight" teams Friday after receiving a call Thursday night from Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who agreed that Bailey can speak to other ...

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