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Redskins Match Offer For Johnson

The Redskins have matched a contract offer from the New Orleans Saints for restricted free agent Bryan Johnson, head coach Joe Gibbs said on Saturday.

The Redskins had until Friday, March 26 to match the Saints' offer for Johnson.

As of Saturday afternoon, Johnson was not in attendance at this weekend's mini-camp.

Gibbs indicated the decision process with Johnson went late into Friday night.

"I think we're still going through a process there," Gibbs said. "I think it'll take a little while. Of course he wasn't here, because I think he was thinking he was going to be somewhere else."

Johnson, who joined the Redskins in 2000 as an undrafted rookie free agent, played in 16 games last season and started 11.

He has served mostly as a blocking fullback in his career and occasional pass-catcher out of the backfield. In his career, he has recorded 33 receptions for 314 yards, a 9.5 yards-per-catch average.

Gibbs has said he could envision using Johnson as an H-back in his offense.

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