CARLISLE, PA., JULY 26 -- The Washington Redskins and rookie cornerback Brian Davis agreed to a four-year contract believed to be worth slightly more than $1 million this morning, which means that, for the first time in four years, the team opened preseason practice with every draft choice checked into its Dickinson College training camp.

Quarterback Jay Schroeder, the Redskins' best-known veteran free agent, also arrived this afternoon to sign his new three-year contract, believed to be worth between $900,000 and $1 million a year. He made a reported $225,000 last season in the final year of a three-year contract signed when he was a rookie. Now he is the team's highest-paid player.

Asked about his new deal, he smiled, waved his arms and kept on walking toward the training table, not saying a word.

The signings came on the day Redskins rookies and selected veterans were to report, and especially pleased Coach Joe Gibbs, who smiled broadly as he emerged from the training camp dormitory.

"We're really pleased to get our rookies in," he said. "Bobby {Beathard, general manager} pulled a good, quick move there {to get them signed in time}. I was skeptical. This gets us off to a good start . . . And of course, getting Jay signed, that's great."

In addition to Davis, the Redskins reached agreements over the weekend with five draft choices: tackle Wally Kleine, safety Steve Gage, tight end Alfred Jenkins, wide receiver Laron Brown and center Ray Hitchcock. Five other draft picks agreed to terms Friday.

The Redskins also announced the signings of four other veterans: cornerback Tim Morrison, tight ends Terry Orr and Anthony Jones, and linebacker Anthony Copeland. Nine veteran free agents remain unsigned: offensive linemen Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic, linebackers Mel Kaufman and Rich Milot, defensive tackle Dave Butz, cornerback Barry Wilburn, running back Keith Griffin, safety Ken Coffey and punter Steve Cox. None is required to be in training camp until next Saturday, when most veterans report. (Quarterbacks and others involved in the passing game must come in a week early.)

The successful completion of negotiations with the draft picks noticeably improved the moods of team officials as they arrived for their 33-day camp. The previous three years, contract disputes clouded early practices: defensive linemen Bob Slater (1984) and Markus Koch (1986) missed parts of their first week, and cornerback Tory Nixon (1985) skipped two weeks of practice and later was traded.

The Redskins have no such problems this year. Beathard, who spent much of his time the last few days on the telephone with players' agents, said he "yelled {in joy} in my living room" when he hung up after agreeing with Davis' agent, Art Wilkinson.

"It's really different from other years {when draft choices held out of camp}," Beathard said. "You don't know how good it feels until it's over. If we hadn't agreed, that would have been the only thing we would be talking about for several days. But this is great. I'm really excited."

Wilkinson said last week he had "resigned" himself to a holdout by Davis, the Redskins' top pick and the 30th player selected in the draft, figuring negotiations would not be completed in time. The two sides were about $200,000 apart, Wilkinson said, at least partially because defensive back Nate Odomes, the 29th player selected in the draft, signed with Buffalo for a reported $1.136 million over four years.

The Redskins increased their offer slightly after hearing about Odomes' deal, Wilkinson said, but still were short of it. Beathard and Wilkinson spoke four times Saturday, Wilkinson said, finally nailing down a contract that is believed to average $270,000 per year.

Kleine, the 48th player drafted, signed a three-year deal worth an estimated $700,000, or an average of about $233,000 a year.

Davis, a former University of Nebraska cornerback, said he "never had any intention of holding out." As he sat on the steps outside the team dormitory, he said he didn't want to miss any practices because he didn't think he "could afford to.

"That would have been a shame," Davis said. "The longer I would have held out, I would have been just so far behind. It scares me to think what it would have been like if I had not been in training camp . . . So, here I am, not late."

Beathard said the team's past troubles with draft choices played a part in completing the deal before training camp began. The Redskins' disappointment with Nixon and their tough dealings with wide receiver Walter Murray, the No. 2 choice a year ago who finally was traded to Indianapolis after missing all of camp, was a strong statement about the importance of training camp.

"There was that example there, there was that threat there, an unspoken threat that said, 'Let's not let this happen again,' " Beathard said. "It would have been a real shame, because Brian worked so hard after minicamp to get himself in shape."

Davis, who is projected to compete for the starting job at right cornerback with Morrison, Wilburn and Vernon Dean, said he is in much better shape than he was in the team's May minicamp. But he figures he still is going to make mistakes, and knows they will not go unnoticed. "I guess all the fans here are huge fans, and they want to know if I'm a flop or not," he said. "They see a resemblance to Tory Nixon, who happened to be a white cornerback, and I'm a white cornerback. I don't see any other resemblances, but maybe some people do."