Only two Redskins, defensive tackle Bill Brundige and reserve linebacker Pete Wysocki, remain unsigned, coach and general manager George Allen said yesterday.
Center Len Hauss and linebacker Chris Hanburger are now signed. Hauss confirmed his signing yesterday and, although Hanburger maintained, "That's my personal business," a team source verified his signing.
Salaries and duration of contracts were not available.
Nine players reportedly went into training camp without contracts. Under the new collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association, any player on the option year of his contract gets an automatic 10 per cent salary increase and becomes a free agent at the end of the year.
The Redskins have taken a low profile recently on announcing player signings, as in the case of quarterback Joe Theismann, who signed three weeks ago. It was never announced and, according to a club spokesman, confirmed only after a query Tuesday.
"It was something that was between myself and the Redskins," Theismann said after directing the offense through the first practice for Monday night's game against the Colts in Baltimore.
"And," he added, "when the situation was resolved, they had asked me not to say anything, so I didn't. I'm very satisfied with it, and that's where I'd like to leave it."
Ed Keating, Theismann's agent, confirmed yesterday from Palm Springs, Calif., that Theismann had signed a series of three one-year contracts in the $150,000-a-year range, as reported in Wednesday's late editions of The Washington Post.
Keating said he had no problems negotiating with Redskin president Edward Bennett Williams and that the Redskin offer nearly matched a proposal from the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He hinted the Canadian bid was considered only for bargaining leverage.
The dealing was drawn out, Keating said, because of the busy travel schedules of himself and Williams.
"The Toronto bid was serious enough where we had some pretty good numbers," he said. "But I would not suggest and never did that Joe would prefer to play there instead of (for) the Redskins. The money was reasonably close."
Meanwhile, Allen took advantage of the presence of a reporter from Baltimore to praise Colt quarterback Bert Jones and, at the same time, explain how the lack of a running game is hurting the Redskins.
Of Jones, he said, "I told our de- fense today he was the No. 1 quaterback in pro football . . . He can run, throw, calls his own plays, scrambles and has a strong arm. He's dedicated, can throw long and can throw short. He's had, what is it? 169 attempts and one interception? That's just fantastic."
Why has Jones, a fifth-year pro, developed so quickly?
"He has a fine corps to help him on offense," Allen said. "That whole line is blocking for the run and he doesn't have to live on the pass.They can throw when they want to. They're in the driver's seat. They've got people like (Roger) Carr, (Raymond) Chester and then two backs (Lydell Mitchell and Don McCauley) who can catch the ball. So he's surrounded by fine personnel.
"That helps. A quarterback who has to live on the pass will die on the pass."
Noting that the Baltimore defense had produced 22 more turnovers than the offense had yielded and the Redskin defense was only plus-two (17-15). Allen said: "That's why they're 6-1 and we're 4-3."
Although Hanburger (Sprained left knee) is listed as doubtful against the Colts on the official injury report to the NFL, sources said he ran Baltimore defenses against the Redskin offense during the closed practice and Allen said he would make a decision whether to start his defensive signal caller later in the week . . . wide receiver Charley Taylor and Wysocki, both with pulled hamstrings, are listed as doubtful for the game.