Raiders RB Allen reports to camp

July 14, 1991

Running back Marcus Allen reported to the Los Angeles Raiders training camp in Oxnard, Calif., yesterday, saying he was fed up with contract negotiations and had agreed to the same million-dollar salary as last year.

Allen, who was paid $1.1 million last season, has held out each of the past three seasons while negotiating one-year contracts.

Allen vented frustration over negotiating a contract as a veteran, citing the absence of a collective bargaining agreement and an active players union.

"What can I do?" asked Allen. "Can I go to another league? Do I have any other options?"

* REDSKINS: General manager Charley Casserly will be attempting to reach agreements with the club's top two draft picks, Bobby Wilson and Ricky Ervins, as the team opens camp today in Carlisle, Pa.

Casserly has reached verbal deals with the other seven picks, and they are expected to sign them today when they arrive at camp at Dickinson College. But he said yesterday that he still was talking with the agents for Wilson and Ervins.

* EAGLES: Seth Joyner was an imposing presence in the Philadelphia defense last season, but he won't be at the start of training camp tomorrow. The linebacker, who was the Eagles' leading tackler in 1990, said he expects a long holdout for a new contract after ending the club's five-day voluntary camp Friday. Fifteen veterans and six draft choices remained unsigned.

Training camp begins tomorrow at West Chester University, and only players under contract may participate.


Joyner plans to wait it out in his home of El Paso, Tex.

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