Skins lose out on LT

Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

Left tackle Chad Clifton, who visited Ashburn Friday and even took a physical, did what many in Green Bay anticipated: he stayed home. Clifton re-signed with the Packers, getting a three-year, $20-million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed.

Clifton, 33, was considered one of the better tackles on a thin market and would have temporarily solved a problem for the Redskins. They could have then focused on drafting a position other than tackle with the fourth pick in the draft. But this story offers a good explanation as to why Clifton likely wanted to stay in Green Bay.

Washington is entertaining another offensive tackle, Tony Pashos, who played for new line coach Chris Foerster in San Francisco last season. Pashos struggled at times with the Niners, partly because they switched up their blocking schemes and used less zone blocking and more man straight-ahead schemes. The Redskins will use zone blocking. Pashos went out to dinner with coach Mike Shanahan and a Redskins contingent Friday night.

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