Team says claim is 'ridiculous'

Updated: March 4, 2004, 2:17 AM ET
Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- LaVar Arrington for the first time Wednesday addressed a dispute in which he claims he was cheated out of $6.5 million by the Washington Redskins.

The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker signed a nine-year, $68 million contract in December, but Arrington claims he actually agreed to a $74.5 million deal.

"It was a mishap," Arrington said. "We need to fix it."

The Redskins have denied any wrongdoing. Contract negotiator Eric Schaffer told The Washington Times recently that the allegation was "ridiculous" and that Arrington's agent, Carl Poston, initialed every page of the contract before it was filed with the league.

If the NFL Players' Association decides Arrington's claim has merit, the case could go to arbitration.

"Stay tuned," Arrington said. "The scene gets thicker."

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