The Washington Redskins have offered the Seattle Seahawks a first-round draft choice for holdout wide receiver Joey Galloway, sources close to the situation said last night.
The Redskins, according to sources, might be willing to add a player to their trade offer for Galloway but will not increase their proposal to two first-round picks.
Following an offseason in which they inquired about possible trades for wide receivers Antonio Freeman and Terrell Owens and an early portion of training camp in which they contemplated deals for running backs Barry Sanders and Jamal Anderson, wideouts Rob Moore and Carl Pickens and guard Randall McDaniel, the Redskins still are toying with the notion of making a major acquisition before the regular season. They have been unsuccessful in each case thus far but have three first-round choices in next April's college draft--theirs and those of the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers--to continue to use as bait.
Redskins officials declined to comment last night. Mike Holmgren, the Seahawks' coach and general manager, was not available to comment.
Eric Metz, one of Galloway's representatives, said the Seahawks have not indicated to Galloway's camp they have any intention of trading the wide receiver. Metz said he believes the likelihood of a deal could increase if Galloway's contract dispute is not resolved as the NFL's Oct. 19 trade deadline nears.
"Maybe in October," Metz said. "I don't think anything is going to happen this early."
Galloway's contract talks with the Seahawks are at an impasse, and Holmgren told reporters in Seattle the wide receiver's availability for the team's Sept. 12 regular season opener against the Detroit Lions is in jeopardy.
Galloway, 27, had 65 catches for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. In his four seasons with the Seahawks, he has 261 receptions for 4,122 yards and 36 touchdowns. He also has four career touchdowns on punt returns, two of them last season.
The Redskins just lured the seventh-leading pass catcher in NFL history, Irving Fryar, out of retirement to join a wide receiver corps that includes starters Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell. But Fryar has made only a one-year commitment to the team, and the Redskins still are without a proven, consistent game-breaker at the position. They hope Westbrook will have a breakthrough year, but he never has had more than 44 receptions in four NFL seasons.
The Redskins, ironically, had a chance to select Galloway with the fourth pick in the 1995 draft. But they decided to choose Westbrook, and Galloway went to Seattle with the eighth pick.
According to sources, the Redskins are not willing to include Westbrook in their trade offer for Galloway but might add a lower-profile player.
The Redskins gained additional salary cap space with yesterday's release of veteran offensive lineman Joe Patton, who was to have a $1.5 million salary this season. Team officials said they have no immediate plans to reopen contract negotiations with retired defensive end Chris Doleman, who has asked for a one-year contract worth $3 million to $4 million.