When's payday?Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon...

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September 14, 1991

When's payday?

Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon hasn't collected a salary this season, while his agent -- Leigh Steinberg -- and the Oilers try to figure out the tricky escalator clause in his contract.

Moon's worth is determined in part by the average salary of the three top-paid NFL quarterbacks, but it can't be determined exactly how much Dan Marino, John Elway and Joe Montana are making.

Moon isn't sure how much longer he can last without a check. "I can go until my wife decides we need some money," he said.

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