CARLISLE, PA., AUG. 21 -- Washington Redskins defensive tackle Darryl Grant, looking fit and relaxed and saying that three weeks of training camp should be plenty, thank you, this morning ended a public silence that had stretched well into its second year.

On his first day of practice, he joked with reporters and kidded teammates hours after ending a four-week holdout with the signing of a contract believed to be worth about $1.5 million over three years.

He danced around details of the deal, saying only: "It was a business process and a matter of getting business straightened out. We finished up last night and I'm here. It feels good to be here."

Team sources said part of the agreement had been that neither side would reveal the amount of the contract, which was fine with Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs, who can begin to see his defensive line take shape.

"It's good to have him back in there," Gibbs said. "He made a play the first time he was out there and everyone yelled 'Fresh legs!' "

Gibbs publicly thanked General Manager Charley Casserly and owner Jack Kent Cooke for making the Redskins the first NFL team -- for a second straight year -- to have all its players in camp.

"They worked hard and I appreciate it," he said. "All the other stuff is over with and you can get on with football."

Grant probably will move immediately into the starting lineup at right tackle -- where he has been since Perry Brooks got hurt in the fourth week of the '82 season -- for Saturday's preseason game against the Browns in Cleveland.

Unusually expansive about a number of topics, including himself, Grant said playing after only four days of practice was fine with him. He said he watched only parts of the Redskins' two preseason games and knew only a bit about the team's defensive problems. He said the happiest moment of the holdout came Monday night when he surprised teammates and coaches by walking into the lobby at Dickinson's Adams Hall and looking for a familiar face.

"Everyone hollered and smiled," he said. "I got a lot of hugs. The guys said, 'Now, we can have some fun.' It was real nice."

A private man in the most public of businesses, Grant shied away from any discussion of his private life or how he had spent his time during the holdout. When pressed on any of those matters, he returned to his overriding theme -- helping get the Redskins back into the playoffs and another Super Bowl.

"We've been out too long," he said. "We need to get that taste back in our mouths. I think this is going to be a great year because of the way the schedule is set up. I love that. It's a tough schedule and I wouldn't want it any lighter. It'll be very exciting. We get to test ourselves real early against the best. You've got to be foaming at the mouth to play the 49ers, and I'm not overlooking the Cardinals. We've got a great friendship with Buges {former Redskins assistant and current Cardinals coach Joe Bugel} and that'll be interesting. Everyone will be sky-high."

Grant said he had chosen not to give interviews last season "to focus on football. I didn't do the television talk shows because it was such a long ride from my house and it cut down on time with my family and the rest I need during the season. I didn't give print interviews because I just wanted to avoid any misquotes or misunderstandings. It's no disrespect for the media, although some took it that way. There were ups and downs {last season} and I decided to stay quiet. I do things my own way and I've always tried to keep my mind on the business at hand."

The Redskins have been concerned at what kind of shape he would be in, especially since it is impossible for anyone to simulate the kind of bruising workouts that go into getting ready for a football season.

But he reported at 288 pounds -- about three over his ideal playing weight -- and credited the year-round work at Redskin Park, along with nine years of experience, with teaching him a few things about preparing for a season. He also said he joined a health club near his home in Fairfax City and had been under the supervision of a trainer -- "Big Tony."

"I did everything I could," he said. "At my age, I don't think it'll take too long to get ready. The thing I've missed is the beatings. I don't have any bruises. That's when you get here. You get an overdose of it. But I've got three weeks to get ready for the regular season and I won't be behind."

Grant's arrival came just as defensive tackle Tracy Rocker, who missed the first two preseason games with a strained biceps, returned to practice in time to start on Saturday. That means that for the first time the Redskins will have four veteran defensive linemen -- Charles Mann, Markus Koch, Rocker and Grant -- in their lineup. They remain hopeful that injured Fred Stokes (shoulder) will be ready for the Sept. 9 opener and a part of the team that looked so thin two weeks ago could be more than respectable.

"I really didn't know everything that was going on," Grant said. "I knew there were some injuries and guys we needed to get back out there. Hopefully, we'll get everyone back and be ready to go."

These negotiations had been special for Grant, not only because at 30 this may have been his last contract. This was also the first time he acted as his own agent, joining a growing list of Redskins who hammer out their deals with Casserly.

"It's up to the individual, as far as where they are in their career," Grant said. "I don't think it's for everybody. For me, I didn't feel it was necessary to pay someone to do something I could do. You know what you've done in your career and you know what you're looking to make. I have confidence in myself and I knew there might be things said I wouldn't like. Right now, I don't feel any different than I usually do. All that is water under the bridge. It's time to go to work and on to bigger and better things."

He had originally asked for more than Mann's $750,000 a season. He also wanted more than the $1.5 million over three years the Redskins paid Plan B free agent Jumpy Geathers, who is recovering from knee surgery and may not be available for a couple of months.

Asked if the system didn't treat players such as himself unfairly, Grant smiled and said only: "I enjoy myself here. We've been to the Super Bowl."

Nearing his 31st birthday, Grant is in the late afternoon of a very solid career and seems to have reached that peculiar point where he enjoys the game more than ever and realizes he may have only a few games left.

"I knew going in that this was the last tour," he said. "I want to make the best of it and get three, four or five more Super Bowls. I want to go out with a bang. I missed {not being in camp}. It comes to the point where you realize it won't last forever. I want to make the most of it while it does last."