The Washington ns are offering new three-year contracts to defensive end Dexter Manley and wide receiver Charlie Brown, third-year players who are entering the final year of their contracts at the $60,000 minimum, it was learned today.
The new offers would more than double the two players' base salaries this year to $125,000, then would inc00 in 1984 and $195,000 in 1985, according to sources. Each would also receive a $45,000 signing bonus, source Manley, who led the Redskins with 9 1/2 sacks in last year's 13 games (including the postseason), and Brown, nce with eight touchdown receptions, are signed through this year, have reported to camp and insist will play their best this season, despite their unhappiness with theirts. Both players will become free agents after this season if they do not sign new contracts with the Redskinsrd, Redskins general manager, would not comment on the latest offers today. Beathard did say, however, that the Redskins are no longer talkit possible one-year deals with Manley and Brown.
"A one-year deal really doesn't make sense," Beathard saids talking to agents for both players "every day or every two days."
"We haven't given either Dexter or Charms, nor have we threatened them. The biggest thing is to get a player to believe that what we're offering them is fair," said Beathard.
Manley has said that he is looking toward a productive season in 1983 to raise his value for next season. "I want to become a natural-born free agent next year," Manley, 24, said.
Brown saarly to tell what will happen. It would be great to get everything done right now, but I don't know. I haven'tnt since last Friday.
"I think I've had good practices since I've been here. Yes, I think about it (contract problems) occasionally. I don't think there is any better receiver in the league. But I don't like to pick a receiver's name and salary and compare myself to them."
Brown, 24, said the Philadelphia Stars and the new Jacksonville Bulls of the U.S. Footballhave expressed interest in him. "If things don't go well here . . . " he said, not needing to finish the senten, president and general manager of the Stars, recently described the Stars' interest in Brown as minimal. Charlie Roberts, general manager of the Bulls, the team that now owns negotiating rights to Brown, could not be rached for comment.