The Redskins were expected to make a contract offer to Miami Dolphin quarterback Don Strock yesterday, according to sources close to the Toronto Argonauts, who also are trying to sign the seven-year NFL veteran.
The Argonauts reportedly have been close to signing Strock for weeks, but recent interest by the Redskins has stalled the deal.
"We've been given permission to talk to Don by the Dolphins," confirmed Redskin General Manager Bobby Beathard, who drafted Strock when he was Miami's personnel director. "We would be interested in signing him, but we are a long way away from wrapping it right now.
"We haven't worked out anything with Miami as far as compensation goes, and we aren't sure if our thinking about what Don is worth will be in line with what he wants."
Strock, who has spent most of his career backing up Bob Griese, played out his option last season to become a free agent, but didn't receive any offers from other clubs by the April 15 deadline. The Dolphins have until June 1 to sign him or lose any right to compensation.
The Redskins' pursuit of Strock indicates Coach Joe Gibbs' concern over the backup quarterback spot, currently occupied by Mike Kruczek. Toronto sources said that Washington wanted to trade Kruczek to Miami for Strock, but the deal was rejected by the Dolphins.
The Redskins also said yesterday that tackle George Starke was admitted to Arlington Hospital Wednesday night with abdominal pains. Tests yesterday were negative. If further tests today also are negative, Starke will be released.