Washington Redskins player representative Neal Olkewicz said yesterday that 11 of the 15 players released Monday by the Redskins accepted the team's offer of $1,000 to commit to play if a strike of NFL players occurs. Running back Rick Badanjek and linebacker Shawn Burks did not take the money, Olkewicz said.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon said the union's secret strike deadline, set during an executive committee meeting in Washington Monday, is Sept. 15, two days after the first weekend of games. NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw would not confirm the date, saying, "There's been a lot of confusion since we announced that Sept. 15 was the earliest date we could strike. But that's not necessarily the strike date."

In another development, Brian Holloway -- a day after speaking on behalf of the NFLPA on national television -- was traded last night by the New England Patriots to the Los Angeles Raiders for an undisclosed draft choice next year.

The Patriots said they wanted to trade the starting left tackle, a three-time Pro Bowler, who is also the NFLPA's vice president, for several reasons but that his union activity wasn't one of them.

Reasons cited were Holloway's on-field performance has declined, he has said he will retire after this season, the Patriots drafted two promising offensive linemen this year and tackle Steve Moore appears to have recovered from a broken ankle.

Olkewicz, who also attended the executive committee meeting, declined to say when the strike deadline is, but did say the date is "a lot sooner than I thought." Most speculation has focused on Sept. 30, after the third week of the season, when players become fully vested in the pension fund for another year.

The sides announced that negotiations will resume today -- the first bargaining session since Aug. 14 -- at an undisclosed site. The previous five-year contract expired at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

Badanjek and Burks were the only two veterans cut by the Redskins Monday. "Rick and Shawn turned it down, but for some of the younger guys, it's tough," Olkewicz said at Redskin Park.

"They get cut and there's $1,000, and they're going to jump at it . . . We don't like it, obviously. I'd take it very personal if somebody tries to cross my picket line. I'll fight for my job. Hopefully, it's just a pressure tactic. Tactics like that can backfire, too. People get mad."

Olkewicz said the decision to offer strike-option contracts "seems like a waste of money for the owners. Give that money to increase our insurance or something."

Olkewicz wondered what would happen if the Redskins and other NFL teams played games with previously cut players. During a strike in 1974, teams used rookies and free agents in preseason games.

"Realistically, I don't know if television is going to be willing to pay to see guys who got cut play," he said.

Of the Holloway development, Upshaw said, "I don't believe this creates an atmosphere conducive to progress" in the negotiations between the union and the NFL Management Council.

The situation developed early yesterday when the Patriots told Holloway, a former Churchill High School and Stanford star, he could either retire or accept a trade.

And, Upshaw said late yesterday afternoon, before the trade was announced, that once word of the Patriots' decision to "cut" Holloway reached the members of the union's nine-man executive committee, "the guys might say, 'To hell with them {management}.'

"I'm almost afraid to call up the guys and ask them if they want me to go through with it {the bargaining session}," Upshaw continued. "Thank goodness they're on the football field. {If they weren't}, I might be getting calls to cancel."

Upshaw added that "unless I'm notified not to, I'll go ahead" with the bargaining session.

Holloway, an outspoken union advocate, outlined the union's position on ABC during halftime of the network's broadcast of the preseason game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Bears. Yesterday morning, he met with Patriots Coach Raymond Berry.

"I have become convinced that I need to make a change at the left tackle position and so informed Brian this morning," Berry said in a statement released by the Patriots. "I asked him if he wanted to retire or continue playing. He said he wanted to play, so we will arrange a trade. I think it necessary because of the timing to make a clear point: this decision has absolutely nothing to do with union activities."

After the meeting, Holloway cleaned out his locker and called Upshaw.

"The first thing he asked me was if I had seen him on TV," Upshaw said. "I said, 'Yeah, you did a great job.' Then he said, 'Well, I think I did too great a job.' "