CARLISLE, PA., JULY 29 -- With three days to go before the veterans are scheduled to report to training camp, the Washington Redskins have nine unsigned players. But they anticipate problems signing only one, defensive tackle Dave Butz.

General Manager Bobby Beathard said negotiations are "close" to being resolved with most of the veteran free agents.

"We are in a position right now where I wouldn't be surprised if by the end of practice tomorrow, most of them were done," Beathard said.

The unsigned players are linebackers Mel Kaufman and Rich Milot, offensive linemen Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic, running back Keith Griffin, punter Steve Cox, cornerback Barry Wilburn, strong safety Ken Coffey and Butz.

Butz held out for two weeks in 1985, the last time his contract was up. At 37, the oldest nonquarterback in the National Football League, Butz has never been known to enjoy training camp, which is another reason the Redskins are anticipating a delay in his signing.

"Dave is the one I'm worried about the most," said Coach Joe Gibbs. "He needs this {training camp}. I see him the least of anybody in the offseason . . . The one advantage we've had with him is that, as a veteran, he's made every practice, he's made every game, once he gets in. Otherwise, I'd really be worried."

Butz could not be reached for comment.

Jacoby, a four-time Pro Bowl selection at left tackle, appears very close to signing. "I'm sure we'll have it resolved shortly," said Richard Bennett, Jacoby's Washington-based agent.

After the team's first evening scrimmage tonight, Coach Joe Gibbs said he was pleased that his players were in "good shape" and that there were very few injuries.

Running backs Timmy Smith, a rookie, and Kenny Fells, who spent last season on injured reserve, showed "flashes," Gibbs said.

Rookie cornerback Brian Davis, who made a big hit on tight end Terry Orr in this morning's practice, had an interception in the scrimmage. "He's starting to flash some, too," Gibbs said. "Normally when that happens to a corner, he starts getting his confidence . . . He's made some plays now."