Redskins to resume talks with Lachey, Howard


CARLISLE, Pa. -- The Washington Redskins' negotiations with wide receiver Desmond Howard and offensive lineman Jim Lachey are expected to resume tonight in Los Angeles.

The players' agents, Leigh Steinberg and Jeff Moorad, plan to meet with general manager Charley Casserly after the Redskins arrive for tomorrow's preseason game against the Los Angeles Raiders.

Steinberg and Moorad, who are based in Newport Beach, Calif., were at Redskins training camp Monday and Tuesday for negotiations, but no deals materialized.

They worked out a four-year, $6 million deal with Casserly for Howard, the Heisman Trophy winner from Michigan, but owner Jack Kent Cooke rejected it. Cooke is offering $5.9 million for four years.

Howard wants to match the $1.5 million-a-year deal that Sean Gilbert got from the Los Angeles Rams. Cooke refuses to match it because Gilbert was the No. 3 pick and Howard the No. 4 selection. Cooke won't go above $1.475 million a year.

Howard may have no choice but to accept Cooke's offer because the Redskins are set at wide receiver with Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders.

Meanwhile, the Lachey negotiations have bogged down over the length of contract. Lachey began by asking for a one-year deal while the Redskins wanted four years.

Lachey has gone up to two years and the Redskins have come down to three, but the talks are stalled there.

The Redskins are offering about $1.2 million per year, and Lachey wants a two-year contract for $1.4 million a season.

The Redskins aren't close with cornerback Darrell Green, who wants a contract in the $1.8 million-a-year range.

The Redskins are countering at $1.2 million.

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