CARLISLE, PA., AUG. 20 -- Defensive tackle Darryl Grant, who has started 94 games and been a quiet, solid performer in his nine seasons with the Washington Redskins, ended his month-long holdout and came to training camp tonight.

Grant, who made $357,500 last season, agreed to a contract believed to be worth about $1.5 million over three years. His arrival means that for the second year in a row the Redskins are the first NFL team to have all their players in camp. Team officials are happy about that, but as General Manager Charley Casserly said, "We were the first team last year and didn't get to the playoffs, so I'm not sure what it means."

Grant, who negotiated the deal himself, began this dispute seeking about $2.2 million over three years. He probably knew he wasn't going to get it, but tested the Redskins' resolve for four weeks.

At the same time, his holdout may have been one of the friendliest in history. Casserly and Grant spoke dozens of times since minicamp and apparently never had an angry word. They finally worked out the deal during several long conversations today.

Grant, in fact, never said a public word about his contract and maintained that policy tonight, saying he would speak to reporters Tuesday.

"It was just time to get it done," Casserly said. "We're happy he's here and he looks good. He was happy and smiling and I hope we can go on from here. He'll be in uniform {Tuesday}."

The Redskins will ask the NFL for a roster exemption to allow him to practice this week. But if they choose to play him Saturday night against in Cleveland, a player will have to be cut to maintain the 80-man roster.

Team officials had begun to worry that if the holdout lasted much longer Grant would have trouble getting in game shape for the Sept. 9 regular season opener at RFK Stadium against Phoenix. He reports with the Redskins scheduled to work only three more days at Dickinson College before returning to Redskin Park.

"I don't care how much you've been working out on your own," defensive line coach Torgy Torgeson said. "It's not like being here and pushing on another body."

Grant's arrival gives the Redskins a lift in an area they badly need it. Only Charles Mann has been at his regular spot -- left end -- during the first two preseason games, and coaches generally haven't given high grades to the replacement players.

Now with Grant probably on the field Saturday and tackle Tracy Rocker back at practice, the Redskins have three-fourths of their defensive line intact. Only right end Fred Stokes, who has a sore shoulder, is out, and veteran backup Markus Koch will take his place.

That means that Plan B signees Milford Hodge and Pat Swoopes, rookie Kent Wells and veteran free agent Alonzo Mitz will compete for a couple of backup spots, which was the plan for them all along.

It also means that, depending on how quickly Stokes is ready to play, the Redskins could have their regular line together for at least one preseason game.

"We were getting down to it," Casserly said. "The bus was leaving pretty soon, but Darryl will be on the bus. Having everyone here is a step in the right direction. It's not the solution, but it's a step in the right direction."

Every other NFL team has at least one holdout and the Redskins' NFC East rivals, Philadelphia and New York, still have several players missing.