The Redskins yesterday traded veteran offensive tackle Tim Stokes to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a fourth-round draft choice in 1979. "We just felt other guys are better players than he was." Coach Jack Pardee said.
Stokes a starter at left tackle for the Redskins each of the last two seasons was demoted to the second team during a minicamp in May. He stayed with that unit through the first two weeks of training camp and so the trade was not surprising.
Redskin General Manager Bobby Beathard had publicly criticized Stokes for not working to get into better shape during the offseason. And when Pardee switched veteran Terry Hermeling back to left tackle last spring. Stokes' days apparently were numbered.
The Redskins paid dearly to obtain Stokes back in 1975 when they traded second-third and fourth-round draft choices in 1978 and a fifth-round pick in 1979 to acquire him from the Los Angeles Rams.
"I guess it was inevitable." Stokes said, "I really don't know why . . . Why did they trade Eddie Brown or Larry Jones?
"Obviously the studied films form last year and decided I wasn't in their plans."
Stokes said he didn't have a "particularly super" year last season but that he did not play that badly.
"I think Jack Pardee is a good coach and they're going to have a good football team, but it's going to be Jack's team. It's going to be his style," Stokes said.
Pardee said yesterday the trade was made because, if we had waited a couple of weeks, I don't think we could get what we got for him. We were going to have to get rid of somebody at the position and I thought the other guys were ahead of him."
The Redskins beefed up their offensive line in the Eddie Brown deal acquiring guard Donnie Hickman and offensive tackle Jeff Williams from the Los Angeles Rams. Hickman is playing with the second team and Williams has not reported to the Redskin camp, although Pardee said he expects him in Carlise. Pa., tomorrow.
"We've also been very impressed with Jim Harlan, and we felt pretty confident that we've got a real good situation at those spots," Pardee said.
"We couldn't keep all those tackles and the Packers have a real need for offensive linemen. We've been talking to them for awhile on this. I think it will work out for both teams and Tim, too. He had worked real hard in camp.He'd been lifting and we were pleased with him. But the others were better."