Giants waive injured Bavaro Hostetler a holdout


July 16, 1991

The New York Giants placed Mark Bavaro on the waived-injured list, saying there was no way the former Pro Bowl tight end could play this season with his injured left knee.

Also on the opening day of training camp in Madison, N.J., the Giants agreed to terms with Zeke Mowatt, their former tight end who was waived by the New England Patriots last week.

Bavaro was waived by the Super Bowl champions three days after team doctors examined his knee, which was operated on Feb. 18 for avascual necrosis.

The condition is caused by a lack of blood flow to the knee and causes the bone to begin rotting.

Giants coach Ray Handley said team doctors have advised Bavaro, who is considered by some the best tight end in Giants history, not to play football again.

The decision to waive Bavaro cancels the team's obligation to pay himhis reported $750,000 salary, which was not guaranteed. Bavaro will receive $65,000 as an injury settlement.

"I'd like to think they are cutting me out of concern for my health and well-being rather than concern for getting out of paying me my last year of my contract," he said in the statement.

Bavaro was the Giants' second-leading receiver last season, with 33 receptions, and finished his career with 266 catches for 3,722 yards and 28 touchdowns. The former Notre Dame star led the team with 13 catches for 129 yards in the playoffs, including five for 50 yards in the Super Bowl.

Jeff Hostetler and Super Bowl MVP Ottis Anderson are among 12 veterans who missed camp because they didn't have contracts. Four others failed to show, and linebacker Lawrence Taylor was late, finally appearing in time for dinner.

* EAGLES: Mike Quick announced his retirement, saying injuries of the past three years were too much to overcome.

Quick said he met with his doctor Sunday, and "he advised me it wouldn't be a good idea to play football anymore."

Quick, 32, the club's top draft choice in 1982, had been chosen for five straight Pro Bowls. Last season, after coming back from surgery on both knees, he tore a tendon in his right quadriceps and didn't play after the fifth game of the season.

Quick (363 catches, 6,464 yards, 61 touchdowns) is the fourth-leading receiver in Eagles history.

In the 1989 season, Quick played in only six games before he had surgery on both knees. He reinjured his legs last season.

* PACKERS: Quarterback Don Majkowski, trying to return from a shoulder injury that cut his 1990 season short, agreed to a contract.

The deal will pay Majkowski about $1.7 million in base salary and include between $300,000 and $500,000 in incentives based on his performance and the team's finish, agent Randy Vataha said.

Majkowski, 27, a 10th-round pick from Virginia in 1987, led the Packers to within a game of the playoffs in 1989, but he started only eight games last season because of a contract holdout and the shoulder injury.

* BEARS: Quarterback Jim Harbaugh, who started 14 straight games last season when the Bears improved from 6-10 to 11-5, was among six veterans and two draftees still unsigned, and his agent, Leigh Steinberg, said Harbaugh was likely to be a camp holdout.

Pressing Harbaugh for the starting job is Peter Tom Willis, who saw limited action as a rookie last season.

Harbaugh is coming off shoulder surgery but said he is not only 100 percent healthy but is throwing better this year.

Other unsigned veterans were fullback Brad Muster, kicker Kevin Butler, offensive lineman Keith Van Horne, tight end James Thornton and receiver Ron Morris.

* SEAHAWKS: Dan McGwire, the first quarterback selected in the draft and the brother of Oakland Athletics first baseman Mark McGwire, signed a three-year contract worth a reported $3 million. McGwire, selected 16th overall out of San Diego State, is the 10th first-round pick to reach agreement.

* RAIDERS: Quarterback Todd Marinovich decided not to wait any longer and reported to camp after signing a one-year contract Sunday.

Marinovich, the 24th player taken in the draft, said he didn't want to hold out.

"Being a quarterback, it's almost impossible to miss two weeks of practice," he said. "It will kill you."

Terms of his contract were not announced, but he reportedly signed a three-year deal worth a total of $2.25 million.

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