Of the 42 National Football League veterans who played out the option years on their contracts last season, a solid majority figures to be back with the same clubs next season.

Eight players already have signed with their old teams.

Nineteen others have received offers to rejoin their 1976 clubs. Four signed with their old clubs and were traded. Six have joined new clubs and five are free agents.

The Redskins signed the most free agents - three - linebacker Greg hartle and running back Eddie Moss of the St. Louis Cardinals and wide receiver Don Clune of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Baltimore Colts signed defensive back Norm Thompson of the Cardinals, the Oakland Raiders signed defensive tackel Jeff Winans of the New Orleans Saints and Seattle landed defensive back Steve Preece of the Los Angeles Rams

Wide receiver Roy Jefferson and two former Redskin, defensive back Bryant Salter of the Colts and tightend Mack Alston of the Houston Oilers, are now free agents, along with running back Fran Lynch of the Denver Broncos and placekicker Tom Dempsey of the Rams.

Players who signed with their old clubs and were traded or singed after being traded were quarterback Gary Huff of Chicago, who went to Tampa Bay; cornerback Perry Smith of Green Bay, to St. Louis; defensive end Ed Galighe of the New York Jets, to San Francisco, and quarterback Ron jaworski of the Rams, who was traded to philadelphia and then signed.

Those rejoining their old clubs were defensive end Larry Hand, Detroit; running back Gullen Bryant, Los Angeles; running back Larry Watkins, New York Giants; tight end Richard Caster, New York Jets; defensive end Bob Bell and guard Keith Wortman, St. Louis; defensive and Richard Harris, Seattle, and guard Paul Laaveg, Redskins.

Among those who have received offers to play with the clubs which had rights to them before the option playout deadline of April 1 was tight end Charles Young, from the Rams. The rights to try to sign him were traded by the Eagles in the Ron Jaworski deal.

Young and the other 18 who received new offers from their old clubs may sign for their last best offer or for 110 per cent of their 1976 salaries.

The others are linebacker Tommy Nobis, who says he has retired, and guard larron Jackson, both of the Atlanta Falcons; defensive tackle Jim Osborne and running back Larry Schreiber of the Chicago Bears, and guard Pete Adams, Cleveland.

Also, wide receiver Harold Jackson, guard Tom Mack, and linebacker Jack Randy Crowder, Miami; quarterback Bob Lee, Minnesota; wide receiver Marlin Briscoe, New England, and quarterback Bobby Douglass, New Orleans.

And, guard Doug Van Horn and linebacker Brad Van Pelt, Giants; safety Clarence Duren and linebacker Ray White, St. Louis, and linebacker Harold McLinton and offensive tackle Tim Stokes, Redskins.