The Champ Bailey for Clinton Portis deal is almost done, barring a breakdown in contract talks between Bailey and the Denver Broncos.
Still, the proposed Washington-Denver trade that has been discussed all week shared top billing Wednesday with Mike Williams' decision to leave national champion Southern California and enter the NFL draft.
The New England Patriots, meanwhile, said that two-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady underwent a minor procedure on his throwing shoulder. The team said the prognosis was good.
Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, who had the second-highest rushing total in NFL history in 2003, was indicted Wednesday on federal drug charges in Atlanta. The AP Offensive Player of the Year is accused of trying to help a childhood friend buy cocaine in the summer of 2000 just before he signed a six-year, $35.3 million contract with the Ravens. No drugs were ever purchased, according to the indictment.
The running back's attorney, Ed Garland, said his client was innocent and would turn himself in on Thursday.
Another proposed deal moved forward, too: the swap of Keyshawn Johnson from Tampa to Dallas for Joey Galloway. That trade was contingent on the Cowboys and Bucs adjusting the contracts of the wide receivers, whose teams have become disenchanted with them.
Galloway talked Wednesday with Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden. Talks between Johnson and Dallas coach Bill Parcells weren't necessary Johnson played three seasons for Parcells with the New York Jets.
The Redskins and Broncos have agreed in principle to the Bailey-Portis trade, with the Redskins throwing in a second-round draft pick to get the third-year running back, who rushed for 1,591 yards last season.
But like the Dallas-Tampa Bay trade, the deal won't be a sure thing until Bailey, a Pro Bowl cornerback in four of his five seasons with Washington, agrees to a new contract with the Broncos.
''It's hard for us to really say this is done, that is done, because some of the stuff is still up in the air,'' Washington coach Joe Gibbs said.
Williams could provide a windfall for some team picking in the top half of the April 25 draft.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound wide receiver, a sophomore, is the first underclassman to declare for the draft since a judge in a case involving Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett invalidated the NFL rule that made players ineligible until they had been out of high school for three years.
In the view of NFL scouts, the 20-year-old Williams is one of the rare examples of a young player who can make the jump, although there are questions about his speed.
''He'll be a high pick, no question about it,'' said Gil Brandt, the NFL's chief scouting consultant.
In other developments Wednesday:
The New York Giants released two veterans they signed a year ago Brian Mitchell, the NFL's career total yardage and returns leader, and running back Dorsey Levens. They re-signed another of their free agents from last season, defensive lineman Keith Washington.
Miami coach Dave Wannstedt said that while the Dolphins are expected to trade next week for quarterback A.J. Feeley from Philadelphia, they also want to keep four-year starter Jay Fiedler.
''I told him I knew how much he has meant to our team, and I emphasized I want him back this year,'' Wannstedt said after meeting with Fiedler.
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