Jeff Williams, the offensive tackle obtained from the Los Angeles Rams in the Eddie Brown trade, told Coach Jack Pardee he was tired of football and left the Washington Redskins training camp yesterday.
"I talked to him this afternoon before practice," Pardee said, "and he told me he just didn't want to play football any more.
"I talked to him quite awhile. I think his mind is pretty well made up. He plans to retire. We'll eventually wind up putting him on the reserve list so that we'll have his rights if he decides he wants to play again next year."
Williams was acquired by the Redskins with quard Donnie Hickman and three future draft choices three weeks ago. He did not report to the team until a week ago last Sunday, insisting he could not leave Los Angeles until he settled some business matters.
"He told me he didn't like it here, that he didn't like football," siad General Manager Bobby Beathard. "Right now he just felt he didn't want to play. When a guy feels that way, it's tough to talk them out of it.
"It's really too bad. They (the coaches) liked what they saw. He would have had an opportunity to play here. I still think we got a pretty good deal on the trade with Donnie and the three picks. It's just a shame he decided to go."
For our players the decision to leave was made for them as Pareee and his staff paired the team to one above the 60-man limit that must be met today.
There were no major surprises as quarterback John Hurley, center Keith Eck, tight end Glover Rogers and wide receiver Maurice Mitchell were placed on waivers.
Hurley was the Redskins' ninthround draft pick in 1978 and had been impressive in the first rookie scrimmage against the Colts, but when the Redskins traded a draft pick to acquire Bill Kenney from Miami Hurley's days apparently were numbered.
Eck, on the Redskins injured reserve list in 1977 with a shoulder problem, was a free agent out of UCLA. Rogers, from Iowa State, and Mitchell, from Northern Michigan, were free agents signed this year.
Pardee said yesterday he would keep running back Calvin Hill on the active roster through today's cutdown and again would try to contact the retired running back about returning to the team.
He will keep injured linebacker Rusty Tillman on the active squad. Tillman is recovering from knee surgery, and a decision to place him on the injured reserve list will be made the week before the regular season opener against New England, Sept. 3.
Cornerback Chuck Rodgers (broken collarbone) and defensive tackle Bill Siebolt (knee surgery) were placed on injured reserve.