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Gardner, Gibbs to Meet Monday

Head coach Joe Gibbs said Saturday he expects that the Redskins will be unable to trade Rod Gardner in this weekend's NFL Draft.

The fifth-year wide receiver, granted permission to seek a trade at the conclusion of the regular season, is scheduled to meet with Gibbs on Monday.

"In talking over the whole situation, we knew where we were after the season," Gibbs told reporters on Saturday afternoon after the team's first draft pick. "We gave him permission to seek a trade and we weren't able to work anything out there.

"We're now in a situation where we scheduled a meeting Monday to work things out or to see what would be the best fit for everybody."

Given that the Redskins are expected to go for a receiver at some point in this weekend's draft, it was a mild surprise that the team didn't select USC's Mike Williams with the ninth overall pick. The team chose Auburn cornerback Carlos Rogers instead.

It's possible that Gardner could return to the team next season. He has not been participating in voluntary offseason workouts since he has been seeking a trade.

"I'd say right now we're considering it because I haven't had a chance to talk to Rod yet," Gibbs said. "I've spoken mostly with his agent."

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.

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