Although Washington Redskins kicker Mark Moseley isn't on the waiver wire, nor is he trade bait, the competition that might well be designed to replace him is scheduled to begin next month at Redskin Park.
Former Maryland standout Jess Atkinson said yesterday he is going to be a participant in a group tryout with the Redskins April 21.
"They're bringing some other guys in," Atkinson said. "Five, six, I don't know how many."
Wayne Sevier, the Redskins' special teams coach, and General Manager Bobby Beathard were not available for comment.
Atkinson, who played with New England, the New York Giants and St. Louis during his rookie season last year, said he was told none of the kickers would be signed before the tryout.
"My goal is to get signed and get a chance to compete this summer," Atkinson said. "I don't know if they'll sign one or two guys, or even anyone, but I'm looking forward to getting a workout here."
Moseley, at 38 the oldest of the Redskins, is bucking a current teamwide trend, and he knows it. The Redskins released running back John Riggins, 36, last week and have said they want to trade quarterback Joe Theismann, 36.
"If they were going to [release me], I would have figured they would have said so already," Moseley said yesterday. "But I'm sure they'll bring in a lot of competition . . . . That's something that will be ongoing, especially when you're 38 years old."
Punter Steve Cox said yesterday he has been told he will punt and kick field goals at training camp this summer.
"I'm probably going to be considered for [kicker], too, from what I've heard and what I've been told," Cox said.
Moseley said he last spoke with Coach Joe Gibbs at the end of the 1985 season. After Moseley missed eight of his last 15 field goal attempts, all between 24 and 47 yards, Gibbs said his kicker "was not productive."
"Coach Gibbs has always been very fair with me. Coach Gibbs doesn't make decisions on the spur of the moment," Moseley said after a speech at Franklin Intermediate School in Chantilly, just down the street from Redskin Park.
He was one of seven Redskins to appear at the school yesterday as part of a program to discourage drug and alcohol abuse.
Twice in the last four years, Moseley has faced stiff competition in training camp: in 1982 from Danny Miller, and in 1985 from Tony Zendejas.
"It's going to be kind of hard for them to throw too many more people at me," he said. "They didn't beat me out; I don't think anybody else is going to, either."
However, Moseley acknowledged the constant competition is "not easy."
"The only reason I've ever thought of quitting is because of the strains it put on my family," he said. "That's the toughest part."
Moseley said he wants to play for the Redskins if they want him. "I feel I have three or four more years left physically," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, the leg hasn't gone. But it's up to the Redskins."
Seattle Seahawks president Mike McCormack said his team doesn't want Theismann.
"We're not interested in him," McCormack said. "We've got a quarterback [Dave Krieg] we feel is a good one."
The Redskins have contacted the Seahawks and three other teams about a possible trade for Theismann.