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Redskins sign two draft picks, two free agents

July 11, 1997

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) _ The Washington Redskins on Friday agreed to terms with 1997 draft picks Greg Jones and Derek Smith, leaving only first-round selection Kenard Lang unsigned as the team prepares for the start of training camp next week.

Jones, a second-round pick, signed a four-year deal, while third-rounder Smith agreed to a three-year package. Jones is expected to back up Ken Harvey at one outside linebacker position this season, while Smith should win the starting job as the other outside backer if he has a good camp.

The Redskins also added a couple of free agent wide receivers: Billy Williams, who spent two years with the Rams, and James Thrash, a rookie from Missouri Southern.

The team also released offensive tackle Matt Maritz and quarterback Mark Hartsell.

The moves leave Lang, quarterback Gus Frerotte and defensive tackle Sean Gilbert as the team’s three major unsigned players. Lang and Frerotte will likely sign by the time camp starts Thursday, but Gilbert is expected to hold out.

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