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Redskins agree on contract to keep free agent T. Johnson


PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The Washington Redskins ended their losing streak in the free-agent market yesterday when they came to terms with defensive lineman Tim Johnson.

Johnson, who was obtained in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1990, was the first player the Redskins have retained or added since they made a deal with safety Brad Edwards the night before the signing period started March 1.

Although the Johnson deal isn't signed, his agent, Brett Senior, said: "We've just got to dot the i's and cross the t's."

The Redskins have yet to sign a free agent from another team and lost defensive lineman Jumpy Geathers to the Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Gary Clark to the Phoenix Cardinals. They also made a three-year, $4.5 million offer to linebacker Bill Romanowski of the San Francisco 49ers, but he stayed with the 49ers for $300,000 less.

Senior declined to discuss the terms of the contract for Johnson, who made $400,000 last year with a $25,000 roster bonus, but the estimates are that he increased his salary to more than $1 million.

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