Washington Redskins officials are convinced they have a chance to complete a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for holdout wide receiver Joey Galloway but have been told the Seahawks won't consider making a deal until after the second game of the season, sources close to the situation said yesterday.
According to league sources, the Dallas Cowboys have joined the pursuit of Galloway. The Cleveland Browns reportedly also have inquired.
The Redskins have offered the Seahawks a first-round draft choice, and had hoped Seattle would make a decision this week. But the Redskins have been told the Seahawks plan to resolve Galloway's status with the team following their games against the Detroit Lions on Sunday and at Chicago on Sept. 19.
The Seahawks apparently would want the Redskins to add a third-round pick or a wide receiver -- or perhaps both -- to their trade offer. The Redskins won't consider adding Michael Westbrook to their proposal but perhaps would include their other starting wide receiver, Albert Connell, sources said. The Redskins are stressing they believe that Galloway's trade value is at its highest now and will decrease with each week of the season the Seahawks delay a decision. The NFL's trade deadline is Oct. 19.
The Redskins are $2 million under the league's salary cap, and are leaving that money free in case they're able to acquire Galloway. Club officials decided against restarting contract negotiations with retired defensive end Chris Doleman.
Redskins officials decided not to make an addition this week from among the players cut by other NFL teams. Any player they would have added wouldn't have practiced until Wednesday -- today is a day off for Redskins players -- and would not have been ready for Sunday's regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins probably will make an addition Monday, however.
"There are some people we've talked about, but our major emphasis is getting ready for Dallas," Coach Norv Turner said. "Over the next couple weeks, maybe we can get something done."
New on the Job
Defensive tackle Barron Tanner, who was acquired in a trade Saturday with the Miami Dolphins, participated in yesterday's practice. Tanner made his first NFL start in Miami's playoff loss to the Denver Broncos last season, but was caught in a roster numbers crunch this season and was dealt to the Redskins for a sixth-round draft choice in 2001.
"I was very surprised," Tanner said yesterday. "But we had 10 defensive linemen, and I knew something was going to happen. I was on the bubble. . . . I didn't play too well in the Denver game. That might have upset them."
He's one of five defensive tackles on the Redskins' season-opening roster, joining Marc Boutte and Doug Brown as backups for Dana Stubblefield and Dan Wilkinson.
"Guys get tired," Tanner said. "That's how I look at it. When I get my time, I have to prove to them I can play."
He also has an eye on the final game on the Redskins' schedule -- against the Dolphins on Jan. 2 at Redskins Stadium. "Hopefully I'm still around," he said. "I'm looking forward to that." . . .
The Redskins re-signed five players they had cut to their practice squad -- tight end Kevin Pesak, fullback Chad Dukes, wide receiver Derrius Thompson, center Juan Porter and defensive end Derrick Ham. . . .
Reserve cornerback Tito Paul limited his participation in yesterday's practice to rest a sore knee. . . . Boutte was back with the team after missing Friday's preseason finale to be on hand for the birth of his daughter, Madison.