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Redskins get Dalton from Broncos for '04 pick

ASHBURN, VA. — ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins ended two weeks of speculation yesterday by acquiring former Ravens defensive tackle Lional Dalton from the Denver Broncos.

Dalton, a sixth-year pro who registered 23 tackles and a sack in 13 starts last season, had been the subject of trade talks between the two teams, but discussions seemed to stall last week when Denver rejected the Redskins' offer of a conditional pick in the 2004 NFL draft.

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The Broncos changed their mind, however, accepting a sixth-round choice that could be upgraded to a fifth-round selection if Dalton participates in at least 40 percent of the snaps this season.

"I'm glad the Redskins gave me a chance to come here," said Dalton, who spent four years with the Ravens, including their Super Bowl season in 2000. "I get to be back close to my family [in the Baltimore area], and I'm a lot more comfortable here."

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Dalton, who was not permitted by Denver's management to practice until a trade had been completed, didn't fare well in his first practice with Washington. Humid conditions and an empty stomach forced the 6-foot-1, 315-pound tackle to be carted off the field 30 minutes before the end of practice.

The Redskins' defensive line has undergone an upheaval since the team released 2002 starters Daryl Gardener and Dan Wilkinson and lost 2003 starter Brandon Noble to a season-ending knee injury.

The Redskins signed former Indianapolis Colt James Cannida -- who was cut yesterday -- and traded a conditional sixth-round draft pick to the Saints for Martin Chase last week.

"We're finished now in the search for defensive linemen," vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said.

In addition to Cannida, the Redskins also waived defensive backs Wade Davis, Lloyd Harrison and Alex Molden, defensive end Greg Scott and tight end Leonard Stephens.

Linebacker LaVar Arrington (sprained knee), defensive tackle Jermaine Haley (sprained ankle) and offensive lineman Wilbert Brown (sprained elbow) will not play tomorrow against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Right guard Randy Thomas (sprained ankle) and cornerback Rashad Bauman (dislocated pinkie finger) will play.


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