The Redskins yesterday acquired nine-year veteran defensive end Joe (Turkey) Jones, 31, from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a lateround draft choice. It was Washington's first trade since the end of last season.

Jones, a 6-foot-6, 250-pounder, spent most of last season as a Cleveland reserve. The Browns chose him in the second round of the 1970 draft. He played his first four years in Cleveland, spent two seasons with the Philadelphiak Eagles and the last three years in Cleveland.

"He's a strong pass rusher," Redskin General Manager Bobby Berathard said, "and we feel we have to strengthen our defensive line. We didn't think we could get a player of Joe's caliber in the draft, and the price was right."

Ghe Redskins are believed to have sent a choice between rounds 10 to 12 for Jones, who is a half-brother of former all-pro receiver Charley Taylor, now a Redskin scoit.

the Redskins also anounced the signing of five free agents:

Running back John Simith was a third-round pick by the Cowboys in 1976 but was cut that season and had unsuccessful trials with the N.Y. Jects and Kansas City Chiefs.

Defensive end Jes O'Neal was a sixth-rouind choice by the Oilers in 1975 and palyed three years in the Canadian Football League before being cut by Seattle last season.

Wide receiver Gene Washington was a ninth-round choice by San Diego in 1977 but was cut in camp.

Offensive dtackle Mike Gibbons played the 1976-77 season with the New York Giants before beilng cut last year.

Wide receiver Dexter Feaster was cut last year by the Colts.