Victor Kiam, owner of the New England Patriots, met in May with the head of Barnett Banks and later boasted to some NFL owners that he had struck a deal to move his team to
Jacksonville, Fla., a newspaper reported yesterday.
Sources told The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville that the meeting between Kiam and Barnett chairman Charles Rice temporarily hurt the city's changes to land an expansion team.
Kiam was unavailable for comment.
His team is in debt beyond the NFL limit of $35 million. At the May meeting, Kiam received permission to extend the team's debt limit an additional $10 million, according to The Boston Globe, in exchange for Kiam's agreeing to keep the team in Foxboro, Mass., for three more years.
* CARDINALS: Quarterback Timm Rosenbach injured his right knee and will be out at least six weeks and maybe the entire season. Rosenbach was running a quarterback sneak in a goal-line drill Wednesday night when his cleats caught in the turf.
Tom Tupa will start against Denver tonight, with Craig Kupp, who was on the team's practice squad last season, playing the second half.
* 49ERS: A sore right elbow is expected to keep Joe Montana on the sidelines when the 49ers and the Seahawks meet in an exhibition finale in the Kingdome tonight.
Montana had a cortisone shot in his elbow for tendinitis on Monday and it seemed to irritate the joint.
Team doctors prescribed rest for Montana after a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test showed no ligament damage to his elbow.
* CHARGERS: San Diego sent disgruntled defensive end Lee Williams, a camp-long holdout, to the Oilers for Houston's first-round draft pick next year and rookie wide receiver Shawn Jefferson, the Oilers' ninth-round pick.
* SIGNINGS: All-Pro cornerback Rod Woodson signed with Pittsburgh after threatening to sit out the season and test free-agency rules. The three-year deal is worth an estimated $1.3 million annually, making Woodson the highest-paid Steelers player in history.
The Patriots signed linebacker Johnny Rembert, a two-time Pro Bowl player, to a one-year contract worth a reported $430,000, with $75,000 in bonuses.
* EAGLES: Head coach Rich Kotite has ordered the team's practices closed to the media after the Philadelphia Inquirer ignored his objections and published a photograph of safety Andre Waters swinging a baseball bat during what was free time for the players.
Kotite exploded at the photographer and told the paper's beat writer that he would close practice if any of the pictures were published.
* COWBOYS: Linebacker Jesse Solomon, who stormed out of camp after learning he had been demoted to second team, will not be allowed to return to the team, coach Jimmy Johnson said, although Dallas might try to trade him.
* JETS: Erik McMillan, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has lost his starting free safety job. Six-year veteran Lonnie Young, acquired in June from the Cardinals, and R.J. Kors, a Plan B pickup from the Seahawks, will contend for his spot.
* DOLPHINS: Alonzo Highsmith, the second-leading rusher in University of Miami history and now unwanted by the Cowboys, is itching to return home and play for the Dolphins.
It is believed Miami would have to surrender a fifth- or sixth-round draft choice to Dallas to get Highsmith.