'90 holdout Hebert to sign with Saints

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May 24, 1991

Quarterback Bobby Hebert has reached accord with the New Orleans Saints on a contract calling for double his 1989 salary, and only some technicalities are holding up a final agreement, his agent and other sources said yesterday.

Hebert was benched for the final three games of the 1989 season -- all victories led by John Fourcade. After the season, Hebert said he would never again play for the Saints, no matter how much they paid him. He sat out last season.

Greg Campbell, Hebert's agent, said Hebert has agreed to a two-year deal, although no contract had been signed.

* GIANTS: New coach Ray Handley established a timetable for the Jeff Hostetler-Phil Simms quarterback competition.

Handley said he plans to select his starting quarterback no later than after the Giants' third exhibition game. The player who wins the job will play the majority of the final preseason game.

* REDSKINS: Former quarterback Doug Williams has won a lifetime stipend of $513 weekly from the team as compensation for an off-season back injury that effectively ended his playing career.

The Redskins had fought the compensation -- which could be worth $1 million or more -- on grounds that the injury was not incurred during the course of employment, and that football is not a lifetime occupation.

Williams, 35, now athletic director and football coach in New Roads, La., injured his back in 1989 while working out on a treadmill at his home in Zachary, La.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon, who is negotiating with Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke to build a new stadium in Washington, said she is prepared to municipally fund a $150 million facility to keep the team from leaving the city.

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