Redskins begin talks after Chamberlain workout

Updated: October 4, 2003, 1:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

TE Byron Chamberlain is in the early stages of negotiating a deal with the Washington Redskins, a source told the Washington Post on Saturday.

Released by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, the fomer Pro Bowler worked out at Redskins Park on Friday, after which the team opened preliminary negotiations, the Post reported.

Chamberlain, 31, who was suspended for the first four games of the season after testing positive for ephedra, was cut after the NFL reinstated him. The Vikings released Chamberlain in part because he returned overweight, according to the paper.

Redskins coach Steve Spurrier did not see Chamberlain's workout, the paper said.

"We have confidence in those players," Spurrier told the paper when asked about the play of the team's current tight ends. "We just haven't thrown a lot at them but they are doing fine."

TE Zeron Flemister, who missed two games with a strained Achilles' tendon, is healthy enough to play, the paper said. But Robert Royal is expected to start for the second straight time, the Post said.

According to the paper, team owner Daniel Snyder has made signing another tight end a priority. The Redskins tried to sign Ernie Conwell, now with the New Orleans Saints, and Wesley Walls, who joined the Green Bay Packers, in the offseason.