Saying he had a deal with the Redskins, Minnifield's agent, White, sues NFL

October 06, 1990

Stan White, the agent for Cleveland Browns cornerback Frank Minnifield, who has announced he's filing an antitrust suit against the National Football League, said yesterday that he had reached the "parameters of a deal" with the Washington Redskins during training camp.

But White, a former Baltimore Colt, said the deal wasn't completed because the Browns wanted offensive tackle Jim Lachey in return.

White indicated the Redskins were willing to pay Minnifield a salary comparable to Darrell Green's. He said that in addition to Green's $725,000 base salary, he gets $150,000 more in incentives for an $875,000 total.

White also said the Browns and Atlanta Falcons were in collusion to harm his client's chances of getting the contract he wanted. Atlanta had agreed to send offensive guard Bill Fralic to Cleveland for Minnifield, but White turned down Atlanta's offer of more than $800,000 a year.

White said that when he rejected the Atlanta offer, the Browns reduced their offer. He said that when he rejected a second offer, the Browns withdrew his right to negotiate with the Redskins.

* PACKERS: Coach Lindy Infante suspended halfback Herman Fontenot for two weeks for what Infante called "conduct detrimental to the team." Infante said in a prepared release that the suspension was being imposed after Fontenot walked out of camp because he is unhappy with his contract.

Fontenot, acquired in a draft-day deal with the Cleveland Browns in 1989, has 12 catches for 100 yards this season, fourth best on the team. Fontenot caught 40 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns last season.

* CHIEFS: Quarterback Steve DeBerg needs seven completions tomorrow against the Indianapolis Colts to pass Ron Jaworski (2,187) for 16th place on the NFL's all-time list. He also has raised his career passing yardage to 25,953 this year, passing Hall of Famers Bob Griese, Bart Starr and Sammy Baugh, and is 28th on the all-time list for passing yardage.

"He's an extremely intelligent guy, and, more importantly than that, he's probably the hardest working football player I've ever been around," said coach Marty Schottenheimer. "I don't know that you could ever prepare too much, but if anyone ever could, it would be Steve. He's the guy who is in here at 7:30 in the morning and doesn't leave until 6 o'clock at night."

* 49ERS: Nose tackle Michael Carter will make his first start of the season tomorrow against the Houston Oilers, and wide receiver John Taylor is believed to be ready to return to the starting lineup after a one-game absence because of a lower-back injury.

"Taylor came along faster than we anticipated," coach George Seifert said.

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