The Redskins rejected a contract proposal from holdout Lemar Parrish yesterday and told him he has until Monday to return to the club or he would either be traded or placed on the NFL's retired list.
"I talked to Rick Bennett (Parrish's attorney) and told him there will be no negotiations," General Manager Bobby Beathard said. "If Lemar wants to play, he can come back by Monday. Otherwise, we will go without him.
"We don't know yet what we will do with him. We are still discussing it. But we will do something."
Although the club's other holdout, John Riggins was not mentioned in Beathard's edict, it was learned action also would be taken with the veteran fullback by Monday. Riggins had asked the Redskins twice to put him on the "missing from camp -- retired" list.
If Washington decides to place the players in the retired category, neither could play for the the Redskins or any other NFL team this year. They could be taken off the list prior to next season, however.
Bennett said it "appears the Redskins are not going to accept any of our ideas. It looks like we have a difficult situation."
Bennett had not talked to Parrish since his discussions yesterday morning with Bennett. But Bennett said he was sure "Lemar will be deeply disappointed. Certainly, the concessions he is willing to make are indicative of his significant desire to play against Dallas.
"I don't know what the answer is now."
Bennett came to Beathard with what the laywer called "a very fair compromise proposal" that had been worked out with Parrish Friday night and completed early yesterday.
"I thought that after extensive discussions with Lemar that I had worked out an agreement that would lead to a basis of accord with the Redskins," Bennett said. "I made the proposal in hopes Bobby Beathard would accept it.
"However, it appears that the Redskins will not accept anything right now."
Parrish, who left camp Tuesday, wanted his current contract, which has two more years to go, renegotiated. Team sources said yesterday that Parrish would earn $150,000 if he plays this season. He was seeking a raise to $185,000.
Bennett said his proposal made sense and could have had Lemar "back immediately."
The Redskins, however, decided late last week to take a strong stance against both Parrish and Riggins. They now are willing to play the season without both of them, despite realizing that Riggins is their top runner and Parrish their top defensive back.
"People wondered why we made the deal for Jeris White," one source said. "There was a lot of speculation about he was going to replace Joe Lavender. But maybe now it is obvious why the trade was made. We always feared Lemar might do something like this and we wanted to be prepared."
White, who was a four-week holdout before signing a contract last Monday, is the probable replacement for Parrish if the latter sits out the season. But the Redskins could go at first with Ray Waddy, the improved second-year man from Texas A&I.
Neither is Parrish, but the Redskins feel they would rather sacrifice a little in ability than give in on the renegotiation issue.
The same applies with Riggins, especially now that the staff is delighted with the work of newcomer Wilbur Jackson, plus veteran Clarence Harmon and free agent Rickey Claitt. The trio played well enough against Tampa Bay -- it was Jackson's debut as a Redskin -- that Beathard said "the least of our worries right now is the fullback position. Riggins can't do what some of them can do.
"I don't care if he comes back or not. We've been more than fair to both of them. We've got to clear this up by Monday."