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Gardner Situation Remains Uncertain

Head coach Joe Gibbs met with the agent for Rod Gardner on Monday and the two sides continue to "work through a process" with the fifth-year wide receiver. Gardner has been on the trading block since the end of the regular season, but the Redskins have been unable to strike a deal.

"We had some real good talks this morning," Gibbs said. "It's a process we're going to continue to work our way through. I'm going to try to get together with Rod in person here pretty soon.

"Then we're going to craft what we think going forward is best for the team and best for Rod."

If a trade cannot be consummated, it's possible that Gardner could return next season with the Redskins.

Gibbs expects Gardner to attend the team's mandatory workouts, which start next month. Voluntary workouts began in late March.

"I would think he would attend [mandatory workouts]," Gibbs said. "Obviously, he has a contract right now with us and we would expect for him to be here."

Gibbs said he hasn't discussed with Gardner what his role would be in the offense. The Redskins have revamped their wide receiver corps this offseason, adding Santana Moss in a trade with the New York Jets and veteran David Patten, formerly with the New England Patriots. The Redskins traded Laveranues Coles to the Jets for Moss.

"I haven't talked to Rod about his role in this offense or anything like that yet," Gibbs said. "We've been talking about where's the best place to have him play."

It had been expected that the Redskins would select a wide receiver in last weekend's draft, but team officials decided to bypass selecting one.

Gardner was the Redskins' first-round draft pick (16th overall) in 2001 and has logged 227 receptions for 2,997 yards and 17 touchdowns in 64 games in his career.

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