Of 142 National Football League veterans who became free agents Feb. 1, only six have received "written offer sheets"-presumably better deals-from other clubs.
Meanwhile, Redskin General Manager Bobby Beathard said that while no team has made a contract offer to Mike Thomas, a number of teams still are interested in the controversial running back.
"There is definitely some interest in Mike," Beathard said, "and I'm going to continue to talk to a number of teams about him. I have to find out exactly what can be done.
"It might take all of the way to the draft before something is done, though. This is a good draft year for running backs and I've gotten the impression that some teams might want to make a deal for Mike at the last minute if they find out they aren't going to get to draft the guy they want."
Thomas' attorney, John Dickens, said he was "shocked" that the player didn't get any offers.
"But there is nothing we can do about that now," Dickens said. "One alternative we have is to send Mike to Canada, but we really want him to sign with the Redskins and play in Washington.
"We expect to start negotiations with the Redskins right away and we anticipate being able to work out a contract with them."
Their old clubs had seven days from midnight Monday to match offers to the six veterans or lose them. The Minnesota Vikings already have matched offers to retain running back Mark Kellar, sought by New England, and offensive tackle Bob Lingenfelter, sought by Kansas City.
The others receiving offers from other clubs were linebacker Ray Costict of New England, safety Kurt Knoff of Houston, linebacker Terry Tautolo of Philadelphia and linebacker Charles McShane of Seattle.
The NFL said it is a policy not to name the clubs making the offers, but Minnesota had identified New England and Kansas City as bidding for Kellar and Lingenfelter.
Old clubs made qualifying offers to 105 of the 142 free agents and new clubs had until Monday night to submit written offers. The old clubs now have until June 1 to decide whether they want to keep the players that were not bid on by new clubs.
Twenty-eight players did not receive qualifying offers and became outright free agents. Nine veterans did not have their options renewed by their old clubs and became outright free agents.
Among the prominent players who received qualifying offers from their old clubs but not better offers from new clubs were defensive ends Ed (Too Tall) Jones of Dallas and John Dutton of Baltimore.
Others were running back Calvin Hill of Cleveland, quarterback Mike Phipps of Chicago, guard Reggie McKenzie of Buffalo, wide receiver J.D. Hill of Detroit, cornerback Willie Buchanon of Green Bay, guard Tom Mack of Los Angeles and placekicker Garo Yepremian of Miami.
Also, linebacker Wally Hilgenberg and safety Paul Krause, both of Minnesota, linebacker Brian Kelly of the New York Giants, cornerback Willie Brown of Oakland, placekicker Roy Gerela of Pittsburgh and center-guard Tom Banks of St. Louis.
Among those not receiving qualifying offers were center Forrest Blue, punter David Lee and defensive tackle David Rose, all of Baltimore; placekicker Tom Dempsey and wide receiver Larry Walton of Buffalo; centers Jon Morris and Dan Peiffer of Chicago; running back Tom Sullivan of Cleveland; tied end Jackie Smith of Dallas; running back MacArthur Lane of Kansas City; cornerback Curtis Johnson, offensive tackle Wayne Moore, punter Larry Seiple and safety Rick Volk, all of Miami; defensive tackle Ernie Holmes, offensive tackle Bob McKay and defensive tackle Pete Cusick of New England, and Ron McDole of Washington,
Among those whose options were not renewed by their old clubs were placekicker Jim Turner of Denver, punter Jerrel Wilson of New England and running back Larry Csonka of the New York Giants.
Csonka since has signed with Miami as a free agent.
Some players who did not receive better offers from new clubs have signed again with their old clubs. Among these were safety Ken Houston of Washington, and wide receiver Ahmad Rashad and defensive ends Jim Marshall and Mark Mullaney, all of Minnesota.
Some players were able to change clubs by signing with their old teams and then being traded to a new clubs. Offensive tackle Roger Finnie went from St. Louis to New Orleans and linebacker Ralph Ortega from Atlanta to Miami.