The Los Angeles Raiders traded quarterback Steve Beuerlein to the Dallas Cowboys yesterday for an undisclosed 1992 draft choice.
Beuerlein, 26, was vying with Vince Evans, 36, for the backup spot to Jay Schroeder throughout the preseason. Rookie Todd Marinovich, a first-round draft choice, is the Raiders' No. 3 quarterback.
Beuerlein split playing time with Schroeder in 1988 and 1989, participating in 20 games and starting 15. He was a fourth-round draft choice from Notre Dame in 1987.
Before the 1990 season, with Schroeder signed to a $900,000 contract, Beuerlein held out. He missed all of the preseason, and when he returned, the job was Schroeder's.
Although on the roster throughout 1990, Beuerlein never dressed for a game and was limited to running the scout team in practices.
Beuerlein will report to the Cowboys as a backup to Troy Aikman. Dallas' other quarterback is Cliff Stoudt, 36.
"This is a situation where we have been actively pursuing Beuerlein for quite some time," Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson said.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys signed holdout fullback Alonzo Highsmith to a one-year contract.
Johnson said Highsmith remains behind Tommie Agee and Daryl Johnston on the depth chart.
* GIANTS: Assistant general manager Harry Hulmes said he made "some progress" on incentive clauses in an hourlong phone call Friday with Tony Agnone, agent for running back David Meggett (Towson State), "but that's because we had so far to go."
The New York Daily News said sides are believed to be several hundred thousand dollars per year apart on two-year deal.
Meanwhile, defensive lineman Eric Dorsey will undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam to determine the extent of the damage done to the right knee he sprained in the first quarter Saturday.
* BROWNS: Mark Harper, a nickel back and an occasional starter during his six-year career, could be lost for the season after injuring an Achilles' tendon.
* COLTS: Bubba Paris, a starting tackle for the 49ers for seven years but cut by the club this summer, may sign today.
A source in Indianapolis said Paris' workout there during the weekend pleased the coaching staff, in need of offensive line help because of injuries to guard Pat Tomberlin (broken leg) and Randy Dixon (torn calf muscle).
The Bears and Broncos also showed interest in Paris, who weighs 325 pounds.
* JETS: General manager Dick Steinberg said he "is optimistic" Al Toon (bruised chest) and Rob Moore (hamstring) will be fit by Sunday. More information will be available today regarding their status, as well as that of fellow wide receiver Dale Dawkins (sprained shoulder).
* SAINTS: Coach Jim Mora hasn't decided who will start at quarterback but said he'll choose between Steve Walsh and Bobby Hebert by early this week.
Last season, Walsh led New Orleans to the playoffs for the second time in club history. He finished the preseason 44-for-65 for 502 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Hebert has started 50 games for the Saints but missed last season because of a contract dispute. His preseason statistics were 27-for-51 for 382 yards, with one touchdown and four interceptions.
* CARDINALS: Quarterback Timm Rosenbach, lost for the season, said he will undergo surgery within two weeks to repair the right anterior cruciate ligament he ruptured in practice Wednesday.
General manager Larry Wilson said he would place Rosenbach on injured reserve today before the deadline for cutting active rosters to 47. The move means the Cardinals will be able to keep an extra player.
Super Bowl odds
San Francisco 4-1
L.A. Rams ...18-1
Green Bay ...40-1
San Diego ...50-1
N.Y. Jets ..100-1
Tampa Bay ..100-1