CARLISLE, PA., AUG. 6 -- Dexter Manley, seemingly resigned to not playing for the Washington Redskins again, said today he would prefer to continue his career with the Miami Dolphins or Denver Broncos.

However, Manley admitted he might have no voice in the matter and added: "It sounds asinine for me to say where I would and wouldn't play while I'm sitting here out of the league. I'll just be happy to get back. There are a lot of teams I'd like to play for. It's just that the idea of playing for the Broncos or Dolphins has always appealed to me."

Manley was asked about other teams because it was learned on Sunday that the Redskins have "casually" mentioned his name in trade talks with several teams.

At the moment, he doesn't have any trade value and the Redskins privately say they were doing no more than checking the market.

However, checking out his trade value is the clearest indication yet that his career with the Redskins is over.

The Redskins were not even sure if they could trade a suspended player and say they never got deeply enough into any trade discussions to check.

However, Joel Bussert, the NFL's director of player personnel, said today the Redskins would be allowed to trade Manley, since he is still under contract to them.

Any deal would be contingent on his suspension being lifted on Nov. 18 -- the one-year anniversary of his lifetime ban for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Players banned for violating the policy a third time are allowed to petition the league for reinstatement after a year.

"I just think that's part of the business," said Manley, who is working at the John Lucas Center in Houston. "I'll say this, I won't have trouble getting picked up. When you're a great defensive end, people will cut their arms and legs off to get you."

The Redskins may be offering him now because his earliest possible reinstatement would come more than a month after the Oct. 16 trade deadline. So if the Redskins can't trade him by then, they would have to play him or release him without getting anything in return.

Manley sounded very much like an ex-Redskin today, saying: "The thing that hurts me the most about the Redskins is that I had a chance to be the first player to get 100 sacks. That's in the 52 years of the franchise. I only needed four more. Like Coach {Joe} Gibbs getting 100 wins. That's a big deal and it's what bugs me the most.

"But life goes on. I'd miss Washington and I'd wish them well. But I enjoy playing football."

Bob Woolf, Manley's attorney, said he was not surprised to hear about the trade discussions, but added: "It's hard to believe someone wouldn't be interested in Dexter. If that's their choice, Dexter will live with it. If they don't want him and can't trade him, I don't know why they wouldn't release him now. I imagine they're thinking there could be a trade market down the line as teams get injuries and some players teams thought would play well don't pan out. Dexter is a proven commodity."