posted on Feb, 23 2004 @ 05:51 PM
The Washington Redskins, desperate to add a running back who can make a major impact on new coach Joe Gibbs' run-oriented offense, are discussing a
blockbuster trade with the Denver Broncos that would give them one of the NFL's premier young backs.
The proposed deal, which percolated at the league's annual draft combine sessions this weekend, would send Denver's Clinton Portis to the Redskins in
exchange for four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey and possibly one of their 2004 draft picks.
Trade talks were first reported by The Denver Post in Sunday's editions. Officials from both the Broncos and the Redskins, and agents for the two
high-profile veterans, worked arduously during the weekend to bring the talks much closer to reality. One point of contention: In addition to Bailey,
the Broncos are asking for Washington's second-round draft choice in April. At this point, at least, the Redskins are reluctant to part with the pick,
but their hesitancy could change at any time.
"You definitely need to stay close on this one," said a source, who is intimately involved in the negotiations, late Sunday night. "There's a whole
lot going on. There are a few sticking points but, if you asked me will it get done, I'd tell you, 'yeah, I think so.' "