CARLISLE, PA., JULY 28 -- A final round of negotiations fell through tonight and it's now virtually certain that all five unsigned Washington Redskins will be absent when practices begin Monday morning.
General Manager Charley Casserly spent much of tonight on the phone with the absent players or their agents, and seemed resigned that talks finished on time.
Gerald Riggs, Darryl Grant, Markus Koch, Todd Bowles and Ravin Caldwell are the unsigned players, and none appears close to reaching an agreement.
"We're no closer tonight than we were yesterday," Casserly said. "It's to the point where they have to make some decisions. I've told them I've done about all I can."
In addition to Casserly, Coach Joe Gibbs spoke to several of the players tonight, but apparently failed to persuade them of the importance of being in camp.
So the Redskins will be without two likely starters (Grant and Caldwell) and three others who are possible starters -- Koch with Fred Stokes at right end, Bowles with Plan B signee Kevin Edwards, and Riggs with Earnest Byner.
With Grant and Koch out, the Redskins are without two of their four starters in the defensive line. But Caldwell's absence gives coaches a few more days to watch top draft pick Andre Collins, who has been impressive.
Gibbs predicted today that Koch would show up, but added, "I really don't know. I've left about 10 messages on his answering machine and haven't gotten one returned. If anyone sees him, give him my phone number."
Riggs and Grant seem to be the biggest problems. Riggs made $530,000 last season and appears to want a four-year deal worth about $1 million a year in base salary. The Redskins, fearing he'll be injured again this year, want to give him a lower base but load the deal with incentives.
Meanwhile, Grant is negotiating for himself and also appears to have asked for close to $1 million a season. He made $357,500 last year and it's unlikely the Redskins will pay him much more than $500,000.
Bowles is close on a salary for 1990 (believed to be about $350,000), but the Redskins want to sign him to three one-year contracts. Caldwell made $140,000 last season.Injury Update
Tight end Ronnie Middleton suffered a shoulder injury in today's scrimmage. It's not believed to be serious. . . . Safety Brad Edwards and defensive lineman Milford Hodge played today although each had suffered a broken hand against the Steelers and had been expected to miss the scrimmage.