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Cardinals freed to keep DE

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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 11, 2001


PHOENIX -- Despite a dispute over his status as a free agent, defensive end Andre Wadsworth likely will remain with the Arizona Cardinals after the players association declined to file a grievance against the club, according to the Web site cbs.sportsline.com.

Wadsworth and agent Roosevelt Barnes had hoped to have the three-year veteran and former first-round draft choice declared an unrestricted free agent through arbitration. But the union, after examining its options, elected not to fight the issue.

At issue, Barnes thought, was whether his client should be a restricted or unrestricted free agent.

The Cardinals exercised an option to void the final three seasons of the six-year contract Wadsworth signed in 1998. Barnes said that by voiding the deal, the Cardinals in essence made Wadsworth an unrestricted player, free to sign with another team. But the Cardinals argued that because the former Florida State star had played three seasons and the club had tendered him a qualifying offer for 2002, he was ineligible for unfettered free agency and was restricted.

BEARS: Bills defensive tackle Ted Washington agreed to a three-year, $7.5-million contract.

BRONCOS: Denver has signed Chiefs defensive tackle Chester McGlockton. The Denver Post reported two weeks ago that the deal was for four years.

PACKERS: Former running back Edgar Bennett rejoined the team as director of player programs.

RAMS: St. Louis agreed to terms with Saints free-agent linebacker Mark Fields.

REDSKINS: Washington signed tight end Walter Rasby.

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