Washington Redskins officials hope to have a better idea next week about their chances of trading for holdout wide receiver Joey Galloway of the Seattle Seahawks.
The Redskins, according to sources, have offered a first-round draft pick to the Seahawks and are willing to add a player to their trade proposal. Seahawks Coach and General Manager Mike Holmgren has said he doesn't intend to trade Galloway but hasn't ruled out the possibility completely.
According to sources, the Redskins believe Galloway's trade value is at its greatest now, with the regular season set to begin next weekend. The Redskins hope the Seahawks make another negotiating push with Galloway next week and then decide quickly whether they're willing to part with him, sources said.
The Cleveland Browns reportedly also have called the Seahawks about Galloway. But league sources said the Browns are not willing to part with a first-round draft choice.
The Seahawks apparently would want the Redskins to add a third-round selection or wide receiver Albert Connell to their trade offer. It's unclear whether the Redskins would meet either of those demands. So far, the Redskins have been unwilling to include either Connell or fellow wide receiver Michael Westbrook in their trade proposal, sources said.
Ring of Fame Unveiled
The Redskins' new Ring of Fame, commissioned by team owner Daniel M. Snyder after officials at RFK Stadium declined to sell him the original, was unveiled at Redskins Stadium for last night's preseason finale. The names of the 32 honored -- including former players, coaches and the late owner, Jack Kent Cooke -- appear in slightly bigger script than the original and hang in front of the facade of the stadium's top tier.
"It's nice," said offensive line coach Russ Grimm, whose name hangs over one end zone. "It brings back a lot of good memories."
The return of a Ring of Fame is part of a roughly $10 million effort by Snyder to upgrade the stadium and make home games more exciting and enjoyable for fans.
Boutte With Wife
Defensive tackle Marc Boutte did not attend last night's game, so that he could be with his wife, Tananjalyn, for the birth of their first child in Lake Charles, La. Labor was expected to be induced yesterday. Boutte's absence was partly why the Redskins signed defensive tackle Rod Walker on Thursday. That move was made possible by the release of wide receiver Tim Alexander, whom the Redskins selected in the seventh round of the 1999 draft. Alexander will be eligible for the five-man practice squad, which will be named next week following NFL teams' final roster cuts to 53 players. . . .
Redskins officials say they expect tight end Stephen Alexander and defensive end Kenard Lang to resume practicing early next week. Lang missed last night's game with a sprained ankle, and Alexander missed a second straight game because of a sprained knee ligament. . . .
The Redskins plan to make their final roster cuts today. One of the team's most interesting decisions involves tight end Kevin Pesak, who had some good moments during training camp but missed the final two preseason games because of a sprained ankle. Club officials have to decide whether they have roster space for what are in effect four tight ends: Alexander, James Jenkins, Mike Sellers and Pesak.