Saturday, March 27, 2004
Updated: March 28, 5:36 PM ET
Arrington awaits outcome to contract grievance
ASHBURN, Va. -- LaVar Arrington had a conciliatory tone toward Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder on Saturday, even as the linebacker awaits the outcome of a grievance over $6.5 million he feels is missing from his contract.
"We're grown-ups," Arrington said following practice on the
second day of minicamp. "I've had my time to be upset, and it's
not going to get me anywhere.
"The most mature thing to do is see where we can go with it.
That doesn't mean I'm going to be weak about it, but I'm willing to
see what type of resolution we can get out of this whole thing."
Arrington contends the Redskins shortchanged him when he signed
a nine-year, $68 million contract in December. Arrington claims the
deal, which was completed under a tight deadline for salary cap
reasons, is missing a $6.5 million signing bonus for the year 2006.
Arrington filed a grievance through the NFL offices earlier this
month, which will eventually lead to a hearing before a neutral
In recent interviews, the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker has
spoken of betrayed trust, saying the dispute had caused a rift
between himself and Snyder.
On Saturday, however, he was in better spirits, having
redirected his energies into two spirited days of practice under
new coach Joe Gibbs. Arrington said he had felt an obligation to
speak out over what he perceived was an injustice _ and that he
intends to let the arbitration process take its course _ but he
stressed anew a commitment to the Redskins.
"The more I think about it, and the more I just look around, I
really don't want to be anywhere else," Arrington said. "I really
love the fans. For $6.5 million, it's not worth my relationship
with the fans. I don't want that to be the legacy that I leave
behind. I really want to reconcile whatever differences there
Asked who needs to make the first move to reconcile his
relationship with Snyder, Arrington said: "I think I just made the
A spokesman for Snyder said the owner had no comment.
On the field, Arrington couldn't have been happier. Defensive
coach Gregg Williams has moved Arrington back to the weak side, the
position where the linebacker was a pass-rushing terror at Penn
State. Williams has also stressed a speed-based, heavy-blitzing
"You can tell by the way my shirt looks," said Arrington,
wearing a sweat-soaked Penn State T-shirt. "I think we've done
more running the last two days than we probably did in the first
camp alone last year.
"It's just the whole total atmosphere. We're almost at game
speed right now and it's only the second day."
Arrington said he holds no grudges against the coaches, and he
would not let the contract spat affect his game.
Gibbs said he was taking Arrington at his word.
"There's a business side for all of us," Gibbs said. "We make
an agreement with somebody before we go to work, and we agree to
the amount that we're going to be paid. Then, when you cross the
line, you step over here, it's football. I've never seen a good
football player who's focused on money once you start playing."
Notes: The Redskins matched New Orleans' four-year, $4.3 million
offer sheet to restricted free agent FB Bryan Johnson. Gibbs,
however, said that Johnson's status had not been resolved, leaving
the possibility open for a trade. Johnson has not attended the