Last night, Cerrato said he had been misquoted in the team's statement and that the team had always planned to trade the No. 9 pick. He said his comment should have only stated that the Redskins would not trade the No. 9 pick in a deal for Buchanon. The Washington Post, citing league sources, reported yesterday that the team had explored several trade scenarios and one involved obtaining Buchanon and the Raiders' second-round pick, the 38th overall, for Washington's first-round pick. Essentially, the team would move down 31 picks and get one of Oakland's starting cornerbacks.
Cerrato indicated the team had concluded the price was too high and the Redskins have no intention of trading their picks for an established player. Instead, Houston General Manager Charley Casserly, formerly of the Redskins, won the bidding war for Buchanon last night by giving the Raiders a second- and a third-round pick in this year's draft, according to a source.
Last night, a source close to the Buchanon trade said the Redskins had made a bid to acquire the cornerback.
Cerrato said the contradictory statements do not reflect division in the front office and that all team officials agree on the plan to trade down and will continue working in that fashion.
It has been a tumultuous offseason for the team, which has done little to appease critics of its front-office structure. The team is run by Cerrato, owner Daniel Snyder and Gibbs, and does not have a general manager, which detractors say is to blame for the team's inability to make the playoffs since 1999.
Wide receiver Laveranues Coles believed he had been promised his release by the team's front office in January and instead said he was threatened by Snyder when Coles refused to immediately accept a trade.
Coles was eventually traded to the New York Jets.
Linebacker LaVar Arrington remains mired in a dispute with the front office over a $6.5 million bonus payment he believes the team agreed to give him but then left out of his contract. A date has not been set for Arrington's grievance hearing against the team.
Two prominent free agents departed as linebacker Antonio Pierce signed with the New York Giants and cornerback Fred Smoot joined the Minnesota Vikings.
Staff writer Mark Maske contributed to this report.