CARLISLE, Pa. -- Mark Rypien's hopes of going to London with the Washington Redskins may have been dashed last night when the holdout quarterback's negotiations with the team took a turn for the worse.
Ken Staninger, Rypien's agent, said that Redskins general manager Charley Casserly rejected the proposals he made to him Saturday night.
"I'm very discouraged. I don't know where we go from here," Staninger said last night. "I don't know what else to do. You can only negotiate against yourself for so long."
The Redskins leave tomorrow night for London for next Sunday's exhibition game against the San Francisco 49ers and Staninger had been optimistic that the two sides were on the verge of making a deal in time for Rypien to make the trip.
"I was optimistic because of the attitude they expressed about trying to get it done," he said. "Maybe it was false hope that there was going to be some movement on their side."
Casserly declined to comment on the talks.
Staninger no longer expects Rypien to be going to London, although he said he hadn't had a chance to talk after Casserly rejected his proposal late last night. He said he didn't expect Rypien simply to accept the four-year deal at $3 million a year the Redskins have on the table. He wants a two-year deal for about $3.5 million.
The breakdown in the talks may put the two sides on a collision course because the Redskins have threatened to start reducing their offer if it's not accepted by Aug. 17.
If Rypien doesn't make the London trip, it means that Cary Conklin will get his third start. He made another impressive showing in a 14-13 loss to the New York Jets Saturday night at Giants Stadium when he completed 11 of 16 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Conklin, who threw three touchdown passes in a 22-21 loss to the Miami Dolphins last week, left the Jets game with a 13-0 lead.
His only regret Saturday night was that the Redskins had to settle for a pair of Chip Lohmiller field goals after having first
downs inside the Jets 10 at the end of their first two drives.
"We had some good drives. I was happy with that," Conklin said. "We smoothed some things out from last week's game. I think we're more fluid as an offense. We didn't have as many mistakes or mental errors. We're starting to get better as we're going through the preseason games, getting ready for Dallas [in the regular-season opener].
"I'm a lot more comfortable. Each game I'm gaining more confidence. This game boosted me another step," he said.
Coach Joe Gibbs gave Conklin good grades, but decided to pull him late in the second quarter because he was playing behind a makeshift line and was decked six times and even swallowed a chipped tooth.
On his 14-yard touchdown pass to Joe Johnson, he was knocked down just as he released the ball.
Conklin brushed off the lack of protection. "I didn't feel I was
getting hit that much," he said.
Conklin is just happy to play.
NOTES: Free-agent rookie running back Robert Green rushed 10 times for 78 yards and also was praised by Gibbs for his play on the special teams. . . . The Redskins offensive line play is below par because they have three offensive linemen (Jeff Bostic, Ed Simmons and Mark Adickes) ailing and Jim Lachey is holding out. . . . Gibbs was disappointed in his run defense, particularly by the subs. The Jets rushed for 121 yards in the second half. . . . The knee injury suffered by San Diego quarterback John Friesz Saturday night started speculation the team may make another bid for Stan Humphries, but they're first expected to try to get Phil Simms of the New York Giants.