Holdout wide receiver Joey Galloway would welcome a trade to the Washington Redskins, his representative said yesterday.

Agent Ethan Lock also said he thinks the Seattle Seahawks will make a decision about whether they'll trade Galloway soon, perhaps this week.

Galloway and the Seahawks are in a contract dispute, and Lock said: "We're trying to work through this. I think either we'll get it done, or [the Seahawks will] look at their options very soon. I'm sure they want to do it prior to the first game. This is a very big week. Certainly something should happen within the next couple weeks."

The Redskins have offered a first-round draft choice for Galloway. Lock said his client would be happy to play in Washington this season.

"He's open to a number of options, and that's one of them," Lock said. "If it's meant to be, it will happen. We'll see."

Lock's associate, Eric Metz, has been handling the negotiations with the Seahawks and said yesterday there are no active discussions between the sides.

The Redskins and Seahawks were in contact again on Monday. The Redskins would like the Seahawks to make a decision soon, and are stressing that Galloway's trade value is at its highest now. But the Redskins have been told that the Seahawks might not decide whether to trade Galloway until after the second regular season game.

The Redskins might have to add wide receiver Albert Connell or a third-round draft pick, or perhaps both, to their trade proposal to get a deal done. The Redskins don't seem willing to include wide receiver Michael Westbrook in their package. The Dallas Cowboys apparently are in pursuit now as well.

The Seahawks open the regular season at home against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Hostetler Might Join Rams

Former Redskins quarterback Jeff Hostetler might end his brief retirement to play for the St. Louis Rams this season, sources close to the situation said yesterday. Hostetler, according to sources, is contemplating a comeback and has spoken to the Rams, who need help at the position after losing starter Trent Green to a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.

Hostetler played for the Redskins in 1997 and began the '98 training camp second on the team's depth chart, behind Gus Frerotte and ahead of Green. But Hostetler hurt his knee in the preseason and was unhappy when Coach Norv Turner put him behind both Frerotte and Green. Hostetler ended up going home to Morgantown, W.Va., while Green won the Redskins' starting job and played well enough to receive a four-year, $16.5 million contract from the Rams in February as a free agent.

According to sources, Hostetler received offseason inquiries from the Rams, Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans. He decided to retire after his 8-year-old son, Tyler, was seriously injured in an accident. Doctors indicated that Tyler might never walk again. But Tyler walked into his classroom when school started last week, and Hostetler's friends say he now is leaning toward playing football this season.

His knee is healthy, they say, and he perhaps is only a few weeks away from being in football-playing shape. The Rams have former Redskins quarterbacks coach Mike Martz as their offensive coordinator and Hostetler's associates say he's leaning in that direction because of the prospect for immediate playing time.

The 38-year-old Hostetler was not available to comment yesterday. . . .

Joe Patton hopes to sign with a team by Thursday, agent Brian Mackler said yesterday. The veteran offensive lineman was released by the Redskins nine days ago.