Cornerback Darrell Green, the Washington Redskins' top draft pick from Texas A&I, will have signed by Friday for five years, his agent said yesterday.
Carver Henry, Green's Houston-based agent, said yesterday his client would fly to Washington and begin individual workouts with coaches at Redskin Park today. Though Redskins coaches are scheduled to go on vacation Saturday, Green likely will remain to work out with Dan Riley, the strength coach.
"I will fly to Washington tomorrow afternoon," Henry said. "I'm sure by Friday everything will be worked out. I can't disclose any other details other than to say the contract is for five years."
Then, after a brief pause, he added, "It will be inked by Friday."
Reached late yesterday at his parents' home in Texas, Green, who also returns kicks, said simply, "Everything is okay. I'm satisfied. I'm looking forward to getting to Washington."
Bobby Beathard, the Redskins' general manager, who has been negotiating with Henry, said, "It looks like this could be it. I hope everything works out."
Asked if he had reached a verbal agreement in a morning phone conversation with Beathard yesterday, Henry termed it "a quasiagreement."
Henry's decidedly brief comments followed several weeks of contract negotiations crammed with confusion. More than two weeks ago, Henry had said he and Beathard still were $250,000 apart on a five-year deal.
Then, last week, Beathard flew to Houston in hopes of settling things face to face with Henry. But after a daylong negotiating session, Beathard flew back to Washington and, apparently angered by the lack of progress, sent telegrams to Henry and Green saying the Redskins had withdrawn their offer.
Besides being valuable as a kick returner, Green's importance to the Redskins has been enhanced by the team's situation at cornerback: Joe Lavender has retired and veteran Jeris White, who is represented by Howard Slusher, is still unsigned and some Redskins officials say they fear White might hold out for some time. White did not report to the team's minicamp last month.
Beathard said that, besides Green, there are now seven Redskins who have yet to reach a contract agreement: White, running back Wilbur Jackson, running back Otis Wonsley and three rookies, running back Richard Williams, offensive guard Bob Winckler and quarterback Babe Laufenberg.