Dexter Manley says he is ready for "a new beginning" in pro football, but he is looking for a new team now that the Washington Redskins have released him.
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue reinstated the defensive end to the league on Monday, a year after his ban for substance abuse. Manley is available starting today to a team willing to take a chance on the Redskins' all-time sacks leader.Several teams have expressed an interest in Manley, but his new team won't be set until the waiver period expires Wednesday afternoon. If no team claims him, the nine-year pro would become a free agent.
"It's a new beginning," Manley told reporters shortly after the announcement by Tagliabue.
Manley, 31, was banned from the league after he tested positive for cocaine use. It was his third violation of the league's substance abuse policy in three years, resulting in the so-called "lifetime ban."