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Wide Receiver Position Remains a Focus


Free agency is in the middle of its third week, and the Redskins remain quiet.

Don't expect any action anytime soon, either.

The Redskins continue to focus on the NFL Draft, scheduled for April 26-27.

"If something comes up [in free agency], we'll run it down," head coach Jim Zorn said on Tuesday. "There isn't anyone that I'm hot after. There's nothing on the hot list."

Since free agency started Feb. 29, the Redskins have had just one free agent visit: wide receiver D.J. Hackett.

Hackett, who played for Zorn in Seattle from 2004-07, visited Redskins Park on March 13, but left town and moved on to scheduled visits with Tampa Bay and Carolina.

Hackett ended up signing a 2-year deal with Carolina on Monday.

Zorn was asked if he was disappointed to lose Hackett.

"I'm excited for D.J. just because I know him and he's a good receiver," he said. "He's off and running now and he has himself an opportunity. He looked at all of the situations and took the one that was best for him."

Wide receiver remains an off-season need, Zorn said.

It appears the Redskins will look toward the draft to find one.

Oklahoma's Malcolm Kelly, Texas's Limas Sweed, California's DeSean Jackson, Florida's Andre Caldwell, and Michigan State's Devin Thomas are some of the top prospects.

The team has made a contract offer to Reche Caldwell, who caught 15 passes for the Redskins last year. Caldwell, older brother to Andre, remains a free agent, however.

With off-season workouts underway this week, Zorn has been getting his first look at many players. Until now, he has spoken to many players only by telephone.

In discussing wide receivers, Zorn mentioned Anthony Mix, the 6-5, 235-pound second-year player out of Auburn.

"Wow, he's a big receiver," Zorn said. "He's going to get an opportunity."

Added Zorn: "I'm just getting to know many of the players now. This is the early part of workouts. This is the first time I actually get to see them, put a name with a face, and see what I have to work with."

Overall, Zorn said he was "comfortable" with the Redskins roster as it stands right now. That echoed comments from executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato in recent weeks.

The Redskins are coming off a 9-7 season that earned them a Wild Card playoff berth.

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