Buccaneers waive Chandler, Haddix

November 06, 1991

Quarterback Chris Chandler, who may wind up costing Tampa Bay the top pick in next year's draft, and cornerback Wayne Haddix, the Buccaneers' only Pro-Bowl selection last season, were waived yesterday.

Chandler, obtained from the Indianapolis Colts for next year's No. 1 draft pick, started three games this season and was 0-6 in 1 1/2 years a fill-in for Vinny Testaverde.

The fourth-year pro was critical of both Testaverde and Coach Richard Williamson, whom Chandler felt had not given him a fair opportunity to win the starting job.

The Buccaneerss are 1-8, and the draft pick former coach Ray Perkins gave up to get Chandler could turn out to be the top pick overall next spring.

Chandler completed 53 of 104 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns with eight interceptions this season. His best performance came in relief of an injured Testaverde on Oct. 6 when he threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-13.

* OILERS: Place-kicker Al Del Greco, an eight-year veteran who last played for the Cardinals, signed a two-year contract with Houston, replacing Ian Howfield.

Del Greco, who lost his job with the Cardinals in preseason to Greg Davis, was the winner of a four-man tryout conducted by general manager Mike Holovak. The others were Charlie Baumann, David Browndyke and Bjorn Nittmo.

Howfield missed a 33-yard field-goal try with one second left in regulation Sunday in Washington's 16-13 overtime victory over the Oilers. He was waived Monday.

In eight seasons, Greco has converted 101 of 154 field goals and 221 of 227 extra points.

* 49ERS: Still uncertain about how long Steve Young will be lost to the team, San Francisco brought three veteran quarterbacks in for tryouts with the possibility that one of them would be signed as an emergency backup to Steve Bono.

Steve Pelleur, Mike Perez and Tony Eason worked out in front of vice president John McVay, offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren and football operations director Neal Dahlen, who were to talk later with coach George Seifert.

The 49ers have lost Joe Montana for the season and Young for at least the next several weeks.

Even if one of the three veterans were signed, it's doubtful he could be more than an observer Sunday when the struggling 49ers (4-5) play the Saints (8-1) in New Orleans.

* Elizabeth Robbie, widow of Dolphins owner Joe Robbie, died after a long illness, her attorney said. She was 69. After Joe Robbie died in January 1990, his widow and nine children clashed over management of the Dolphins and Joe Robbie Stadium.

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