Former Maryland quarterback Stan Gelbaugh, who was the first Most Valuable Player of the World League of American Football last summer, is returning to the London Monarchs this spring.
Gelbaugh led the Monarchs to the first WLAF title, then won a job with the Phoenix Cardinals in the NFL after Timm Rosenbach tTC suffered a season-ending knee injury. Gelbaugh started three games for the Cardinals, passing for 674 yards, three touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The Cardinals have given Gelbaugh permission to return to the league. It's uncertain whether they will protect him when Plan B free agency begins after the Super Bowl.
"I think it will really help my career," Gelbaugh said of the WLAF, "whether I end up with four or five years in the World League or back in the NFL."
* BENGALS: New coach David Shula says he may let quarterback Boomer Esiason, a former Maryland player, call his own plays next season.
"Boomer's very much capable of it," Shula said. "It's an option. We've only discussed it. We'd have to look at it in training camp and exhibition games."
Under former coach Sam Wyche, the Bengals signaled plays to Esiason from the sidelines, but gave Esiason the option of altering the play at the line of scrimmage.
"I did it in the first half of the New England game, and look what happened," Esiason said, referring to a 29-7 victory in the season finale in which he was 14-for-22 for 246 yards.
The Bills' Jim Kelly and Broncos' John Elway are believed to be the only quarterbacks in the NFL calling their own plays on a regular basis.
* 49ERS: Quarterback Joe Montana, who missed this season after elbow surgery, says he's getting "anxious" because doctors have not let him resume throwing.
"I'm almost pain-free," he said. "I would like to have been throwing a couple weeks ago. Every time I go in to see the doctors, they say, 'Ten days to two weeks.' It seems like they're stalling me."
Montana has played some tennis and lifted weights "because I'm not allowed to throw a football."
* VIKINGS: Defensive tackle Keith Millard, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1989, is accused in a lawsuit of infecting a woman with genital herpes. The civil suit filed by Prentice Wadley, 31, of Minneapolis seeks more than $50,000 in damages.