The Los Angeles Raiders have agreed to a tentative verbal deal with the Washington Redskins for disgruntled quarterback Jay Schroeder, a source familiar with the negotiations said Saturday.
The trade - for guard Jim Lachey and a draft choice - may be announced Sunday night after the Raiders play the San Diego Chargers in their opener, although it could be delayed until after the Redskins' opener with the New York Giants Monday night.A Redskins player, who asked not to be identified, said that Coach Joe Gibbs called a team meeting Saturday and told the players that Schroeder's name was the only one mentioned in the trade talks.
Gibbs was concerned that rumors about a three-team deal including Atlanta and involving other Redskins was becoming a distraction for the team before the game against the Giants, a critical meeting of the last two Super Bowl champions.
A source said the Schroeder trade will be a Raiders-Redskins deal with no other team involved.
In Los Angeles, Raiders Coach Mike Shanahan refused to comment on reports that the Raiders had completed the deal for Schroeder and were just waiting until after they play their opener to announce it.
Shanahan also refused to discuss Schroeder, saying he "is not a Raider" and he wanted to focus on today's opener against San Diego.
"I'm not going to get into speculative aspects of someone signing with our team," he said.
Shanahan was concerned that quarterback Steve Beuerlein, who'll be making his first start today, would become unsettled by the reports of the trade.
Bobby Beathard, general manager of the Redskins, said the trade wasn't completed. That's accurate because a trade isn't completed until it is announced or the league office is notified.
Beathard said he had his latest talks with Al Davis, the Raiders owner, Thursday and decided to wait until after opening games to continue talks.
Beathard had told Davis for the last several weeks that the Redskins wouldn't part with Schroeder unless he gave up Lachey.