Rocky McIntosh didn’t offer much of a glimpse into the future when he discussed his situation on Saturday at the Washington Redskins minicamp, but coach Mike Shanahan made it clear he expects the veteran linebacker to be around from here moving forward.
McIntosh had been missing since the team opened its voluntary offseason workout program in March 15, and he was also missing at the club’s first voluntary minicamp. This one is voluntary too but McIntosh chose to do just that – volunteer – so he wouldn’t be among the ranks of the unhappy with defensive tackle Albert Hayneseworth.
“There's a lot of catch-up involved, there's a lot of work involved,” Shanahan told the Washington Post. “But Rocky's a sharp guy, he's an experienced guy. He's played well for us. Hopefully him being here throughout the offseason is going to help our football team and help him.”
Shanahan said he expects McIntosh to be on board for the OTA’s in the future and the team will hold a mandatory minicamp next month. McIntosh has not yet signed his one-year tender as a restricted free agent. Earlier in the offseason, he had been lobbying for a trade perhaps because he’s not certain how he will fit the new 3-4 scheme.
“I just came out here to ball, to play football,” he said. “That's what I love to do so I finally get to be here.”
McIntosh, of course, is one of the veterans who likely would have received a lucrative longterm contract had it not been for the ongoing labor battle. We’ll see how he fits in with the Redskins in the coming months.
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