--Only fullback Mike Sellers, tight end Chris Cooley and receiver Santana Moss have been Redskins longer than Kedric Golston, but the defensive end isn't sure that he'll be back for a seventh season in Washington.
Golston, who lost his right-side starting job to free-agent signee Stephen Bowen last summer, knows that 2011 second-round draft choice Jarvis Jenkins will claim serious playing time in 2012 after missing last year with a torn ACL. So even though left-side starter Adam Carriker is also due to be a free agent, Golston might fully test the market for the first time, too. He was a free agent during the abbreviated signing period last summer before re-upping with the Redskins on Aug. 3.
"I've pretty much been here ever since the Redskins drafted me (out of Georgia in the sixth round in 2006)," said Golston, who just bought a new house in Northern Virginia along with his wife, a local realtor. "This is home. We love it here. My daughter is in school here. My wife has her business. I take a certain pride in being a part of this organization and I want to be here for the turnaround. But at the same time, I don't want to get so caught up in all that, that I forget that this is a business. I have to do what's best for my family. My agent has been talking to the Redskins and the way I see it, the ball's in their court. If they want me bad enough, we'll get it done before I can be a free agent."
Golston, who tore the MCL and partially tore the ACL in his left knee in the Week 10 loss at Miami, said he expects to receive full medical clearance to work out once the Redskins' medical staff returns from the scouting combine next week.
"I've been doing everything for a while, running on a the treadmill, lifting," Golston said. "It's just a matter of getting officially cleared."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We've probably got the strongest player development director in the NFL." -- DE Kedric Golston on the appointment of former DE Phillip Daniels, a champion weightlifter.
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