Wide receiver Frank Grant signed a series of one-year contracts today with the Washington Redskins and negotiations between running back Mike Thomas and the club continued, the Washington Post has learned.
The Redskins chose to announce only one signing today - that of placekicker Mark Moseley, also to a multi-year pact - and coach George Allen insisted "we're not even close on Mike's contract, they're still talking."
Grant and Thomas are represented by Washington agent Guy Draper, who showed up in Carlisle today. Grant said he signed his contract this afternoon "and I'm very pleased and very satisfied that it's over."
Grant is believed to have signed for an estimated $90,000 for this year, according to several sources. "You never really get everything you want, he said. "Both sides gave.
"I'm also happy I won't have to go through what I did last year," he said, referring to a one-game boycott in a preseason affair in Atlanta by he and Dennis Johnson, who was also represented by Draper. "I was told half if we came to camp, meaningful negotiations would occur, and that's what happened, Edward Bennett Williams kept his word."
Grant and Thomas held out last week for two days before reporting to training camp. They came in only after Williams, team president, agreed to enter into the negotiations.
There had been a published report that Thomas also had come to terms with the team, but Tim Temerario, the Redskins' chief negotiator, said both sides were talking and probably will meet again Wednesday in Washington.
"It's all very congenial," he insisted. "But Mike Thomas definitely has not signed."
Thomas, who earned $30,000 last year and was among the lowest paid starters on the team, is seeking a pay increase in the $110,000-a-year bracket.
"I didn't sign a thing today," Thomas confirmed. "It's still not where it's supposed to be. I thought they could get it done, but I guess they couldn't work it all out. I just hope they do it soon."
Both Draper and the Redskins declined further comment on the Thomas negotiations.
Moseley signed a pact he said "would put me up there with the better paid kickers in the league," Moseley, who led the NFC in scoring with 97 points in 1976, reportedly will earn $35,000 his first year, with $10,000 raises in 1978 and 1979, as well as other performance clauses.
The Grant and Moseley signings leave the Redskins with nine players on the option years of their contracts. Wuarterback Billy Kilmer already has generally agreed to terms.
The others are Len Hauss, Chris Hanburger, Bill Brundige, Jerry Smith, Brig Owens, Joe Theismann, Pete Wysocki and Thomas.
In other developments today, wide receiver Brian Fryer was sent to Washington for further examination on his bothersome right knee. He underwent surgery on it halfway through the 1976 season, and it, has swelled over the last few days.
Allen said he probably would not be used in the preseason opener against the Browns on Monday night.
Rookie tight end Reggie Haynes joined the nagging injury list, complaining of tightness in the abdominal area after only one day of two-a-day practice. He was used sparingly in both practice sessions.
Billy Kilmer, recovering from a sore right arm, continued to increase the number of passes he throws. He participated in seven-on-seven passing drills in both the morning and afternoon workouts. Allen said he seemed to be throwing well, and Kilmer proved it by attempting several deep tosses.
The Redskins had their first skirmish of training camp. Grant Paul Laaveg and safety Ken Houston, two of the more mild-mannered men on the team, wrested this morning during an 11-on-11 rushing drill. Allen said he was happy to see it.
"You always like to have fisticuffs as long as it livens up practice, that was a good sign," he said . . . Wide receiver Danny Buggs continues making sparkling catches in practice, and today Charley Taylor had several. "Charley's looking better every day," Allen said . . . Tim Stokes was expected in camp tonight and Allen said he will immediately have him run for 12 minutes to determine the condition of the big offensive tackle . . . Pat Fischer sat out most drills because of what Allen described as "a little back problem" but should be available against the Browns . . . Allen said most of his veterans would play about a half in that game . . . The backup place kicker in camp has a new nick-name. They call Bob Berg "Ice."