May may sign with Chargers

February 28, 1991

Washington Redskins offensive lineman Mark May, who sat out last season with a knee injury and was left unprotected on the Plan B list, is expected to sign with San Diego, according to a Chargers source.

May would become the first Plan B Redskin to leave. Another offensive lineman, Russ Grimm, is considering an offer from the Phoenix Cardinals.

The Redskins are checking the list of Plan B free agents, but haven't signed any.

Vai Sikahema, a running back-kick returner for Phoenix, was in for a workout yesterday, and they also are considering San Francisco 49ers linebacker Matt Millen, Atlanta Falcons running back John Settle, Miami Dolphins linebacker Rick Graf and Cincinnati Bengals safety Solomon Wilcots.

* NFL: Neil R. Austrian was named league president by commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Austrian, a New York business executive, will be the chief operating officer for business and financial operations. His responsibilities will include all broadcasting, special events and other revenue-producing activities, as well as club financial activities under the league constitution and bylaws.

* 49ERS: Reports that San Francisco has offered backup quarterback Steve Young to the New England Patriots in exchange for the No. 1 pick in April's draft were denied by vice president John McVay.

"There have been no talks with the Patriots," McVay said. He added that there have been conversations with Young's agent, Leigh Steinberg, about re-signing Young, who became a restricted free agent after last season.

* SEAHAWKS: Cornerback Melvin Jenkins will sign with another team, his agent says. Jenkins has visited the Falcons, Dolphins and Green Bay Packers and plans to see another 10 teams.

Another Plan B free agent, tight end Mike Tice (Maryland), said he isn't seeking a move. Tice signed two years ago with the Redskins but was released and rejoined the Seahawks last fall.

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