The Redskins may not be making progress on the field but they've maintained their high standing in another area. For the second straight year, they've made more trades than any other team in the National Football League. General Manager Bobby Beathard dealt two players and 14 draft choices and acquired nine players and 13 picks. San Diego ranked No. 2 with 12 and San Francisco third with 11.
Maybe George Rogers' performance with New Orleans will quiet the Heisman Trophy jinx talk. Rogers has gained 746 yards, going over the 100-yard mark four times, despite playing for a bad team. And what about the NFL theory that says the careers of young runners can be ruined by playing for mediocre teams? . . . Pete Rozelle's parity scheduling is making the New York Giants look better than they probably are. Three of the Giant victories were against opponents that now have 1-6 records. The other was against a 2-5 foe. Their meeting with Atlanta today should give a better indication of whether Coach Ray Perkins actually has developed a winner.
Talking about schedules, Dallas is in the midst of a brutal stretch that should determine its chances of winning the NFC East title. The Cowboys beat Los Angeles last week, meet Miami today, then must play Philadelphia and Buffalo. Dallas will induct cornerback Mel Renfro into its "Ring of Honor." Other members: Bob Lilly, Don Meredith, Don Perkins and Chuck Howley . . . The NFL Management Council has sent a confidential letter to league clubs urging them not to include loans as part of new contracts. The council is convinced the loans could be used by players as personal strike funds next summer . . . Detroit players couldn't understand why the Lions released veteran linebacker Charlie Weaver, who had lost his starting job, but was one of the most popular players on the roster. He was signed Thursday by Washington.