Although a deal looks unlikely, the Washington Redskins have been exploring a trade that would send linebacker Wilber Marshall to the Houston Oilers.
The Sun and Washington Post have reported that Marshall, acquired as a celebrated free agent four years ago, has been offered to the Oilers in exchange for pass rushing defensive end Sean Jones, a training camp holdout.
The Oilers reportedly rejected Marshall because he has a contract guaranteeing $2.4 million over the next two years.
The Post reported the Redskins offered a 1992 draft choice and one player from a group that includes defensive tackles Darryl Grant and Tracy Rocker, and Marshall.
Marshall was switched from his right outside linebacker position to the left side this summer, a move he has complained about.
Yesterday, saying the switch would stick, Washington coach Joe Gibbs said he has talked to Marshall about the trade speculation.
"I told him he'd have to learn to live with these things," Gibbs
said. "To my knowledge, he's not [going to be traded].
"[But] I'm not saying he wouldn't be. Could it happen? It could. It could happen to anybody."
The Redskins broke training camp at Dickinson College last night. They play the Cleveland Browns tomorrow (8 p.m.) at RFK Stadium. The team must cut its roster to 60 players on Tuesday.