Harold McLinton, the Redskins starting middle linebacker the past five years, signed a multiyear contract today. He will report to training camp Sunday.
McLinton, who played out his option in 1976, is believed to be in the $75,000 a-year range with his new pact, although he will still have to battle veteran Rusty Tillman and offseason free-agent acquisition Greg Hartle for his starting job.
The Redskin said there are still 11 players currently on their option years who still have not signed new contracts, including Billy Kilmer, Joe Theismann, Chris Hamburger, Mike Thomas, Frank Grant and Mark Moscley.
Starting tackle Tim Stokes, who also played out his option in 1976, still has not signed. Tim Temerario, the team's chief negotiator, said today he has been talking to all the unsigned players or their agents on a regular basis.
Guy Drapper, who represents Thomas and Grant, said he hoped to have his clients' contracts completed by the end of the week. "We've been working hard to get it resolved before camp starts. If we haven't heard from the Redskins by Wednesday, we'll sit down and discuss alternatives."
Asked if not reporting to camp was one of the alternatives. Drapper said "that's one of the things we'll have to discuss. We don't want that to become necessary because the guys are in great shape and raring to go."
The Redskins signed another offensive guard today, free-agent Terry Shelsta of Dakota Wesleyan . . . Wide receivers went through the 12-minute run today, and Larry Jones led the field with 73/4 laps, almost two miles . . . Jones, who made some fine receptions, is also the most flexible man on the squad, according to conditioning coach Jim Curzi . . . Curtis Akins, converted from guard to defensive end, is the strongest. He can dead lift more than 650 pounds . . . Mike Northington, the team's ninth-round draft pick from Purdue, was the fastest back in camp after a 3.75-second clocking in the 30-yard dash . . . Dan Nugent, a 270-pound guard, ran the same distance in 3.85, and Karl Lorch were the swiftest defensive linemen. each clocked in 3.95 . . . Wide receiver Danny Buggs suffered a bruised thigh and running back Eddie Moss left the field suffering from heat exhaustion . . . coach George Allen told reporters he was on a diet, and hopes to lose five to seven pounds in camp. He's cutting out ice cream.