Ken Houston met with Redskin General Manager Bobby Beathard yesterday and both said they do not expect any problems in coming to terms on a new contract for the All-Pro safety.

Houston played out his option last season and is now a free agent.

"I don't foresee any problems," Houston said. "Today (Friday) was the first day we had gotten together, but that was only because of conflicting schedules, not because of any problems.

Everything is fine with Kenny," Beathard said. "We haven't agreed on anything yet, but we are talking. I don't think there will be any problem."

Beathard also said, "We just aren't interested in trading him." A story in Thursday's editions of The Washington Post indicated both Houston and cornerback Joe Lavender are in demand around the NFL.

Houston indicated that he planned to return to Washington from his home in Houston next week and it was possible he could sign a new contract then.

Beathard said that he has also talked to a number of teams about free-agent running back Mike Thomas, but that no transaction is imminent.

Thomas' agent, John Dickens, said several teams have contacted Thomas, but no offers were expected before the National Football League owners' meetings, which begin March 12 in Honolulu.