General Manager Bobby Beathard yesterday signed a new four-year contract with the Redskins, a year before his old deal w0092 ----- r g BC-06/18/83-BOBBY 06-18 0001 Beathard Signs for 4 Years By Dave Kindred Washington Post Staff Writer

General Manager Bobby Beathard yesterday signed a new four-year contract with the Redskins, a year before his old deal would expire.

"The signing was a formality," said owner Jack Kent Cooke, who the week after the Redskins' Super Bowl victory promised to give Beathard and Coach Joe Gibbs new contracts. "We had reached this decision weeks ago. Bobby wants to stay here and I most certainly want him."

Cooke said he now will finish the detail work necessary on a new contract for Gibbs.

Hired five years ago by Edward Bennett Williams in the front-office shakeup occasioned by George Allen's firing, Beathard, 46, has presided over a virtual remaking of the Redskins in that time.

Of the 53 men who played for the Redskins last season, 31 were acquired by Beathard in the two previous years. Of the 22 starters, Beathard brought in 17. "Bobby is one of the finer judges of talent in all football," Cooke said. "He has proved himself in every way, not only in hiring great talent but in his recommendation that I hire Joe Gibbs as coach."

When Beathard and Jack Pardee, then the coach, could not agree on the philosophical foundation for rebuilding the Redskins, Cooke settled the power struggle by firing Pardee and sending Beathard in search of a new coach.

Gibbs, last year's NFL coach of the year, was the San Diego Chargers' offensive coordinator when Beathard recommended him to Cooke as the offensive theorist and disciplined teacher who could shape a team in transition into a solid organization.

Beathard, who as personnel director had a hand in the Miami Dolphins' Super Bowl teams, left town after signing the new contract and could not be reached for comment.