Former NFL defensive lineman Dunstan Anderson, a member of the Florida Firebirds of the af2 league, was killed in a automobile accident near Fort Myers on Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed.
Anderson, 33, played briefly with the Atlanta Falcons in 1994 and the Miami Dolphins in 1997. A speed-rushing defensive end from Tulsa who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 1994, Anderson also had two stints in the NFL Europe League. In all, he participated in four different NFL training camps.
He was a passenger in an SUV that apparently went out of control and crashed. Police said that Anderson was not wearing a seat belt. Kathie Weakley, driver of the vehicle, survived the accident and is hospitalized in critical condition.
"They ran off the roadway and into the median," Sgt. Owen Keen of the Florida Highway Patrol said. "When they tried to get back on the road, it overturned several times. The force pushed (Anderson) out one of the windows."
Keen told local media that alcohol was involved in the accident. An investigation into the crash and its possible causes continues.
Anderson played this weekend in an af2 game, lining up at defensive end and tight end. The af2 is the minor league for the Arena Football League.
Washington Redskins: Continuing to add depth at tight end, a position that has added importance with Joe Gibbs as the head coach, the Redskins have reached contract agreement in principle with unrestricted free agent Fred Baxter. The 11-year veteran will sign a contract later this week, believed to be a one-year deal, and for the minimum base salary of $760,000.
Baxter, 32, played the last two seasons with the New England Patriots, but did not catch a pass in 12 appearances in '03. Over the past two seasons, including an '02 campaign that was split between Chicago and New England, he had just five catches for 51 yards.
The former Auburn standout, who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the New York Jets, is known as a solid blocker. Given the manner in which Gibbs utilizes the tight end spot, Washington has worked hard this offseason to bolster a position all but ignored the previous two years under then-coach Steve Spurrier.
Baxter has 100 career receptions for 1,008 yards and 12 touchdowns. His best season came in 1997, when he had 27 catches with the Jets. He has appeared in 133 games and has started in 49 of them.
New England Patriots: Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, whose 2003 season with the Patriots was limited to only two games because of a hip injury, has completed a so-called "simple" contract restructuring to help the team create some cap room.
One of the prize catches in the '03 unrestricted free-agent pool, Colvin was due to have a base salary of $2.1 million for 2004. The Patriots essentially guaranteed that salary, by dropping Colvin's base to the minimum of $535,000, and giving him the $1.565 million in a signing bonus. The remainder of his contract, which runs through the 2008 season, was not reworked.
The maneuver lowered Colvin's salary cap charge from $3.105 million to $1.85 million. It raises his salary-cap charge by about $313,000 in each of the remaining years. Colvin is continuing to rehabilitate the hip injury and, while Pats officials will be cautious with him in camp, he is expected to return to his previous form.