Free-agent Jackson gets offer from Miami, says he will wait

September 29, 1992|By From Staff Reports

The Miami Dolphins have made a contract offer to free agent Keith Jackson, but his representative said yesterday that the three-time Pro Bowl tight end will wait until today to decide his future.

"Miami is obviously one of the best situations available to us," said Gary Wichard, Jackson's agent. "It's got a natural-grass field, a quarterback who showed again Sunday why he's one of the best around and a good offer. It's a very attractive place."

On Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles' tight end was among four players given five days to sign with any team in the league by a federal judge in Minneapolis. The others were wide receiver Webster Slaughter, defensive end Garin Veris and running back D.J. Dozier.

* 49ERS: Former New England defensive end Veris signed a two-year contract, becoming the first of four former holdouts to take advantage of their court-ordered free agency.

Carmen Policy, the 49ers president, said he didn't necessarily see the signing of Veris as a harbinger of true free agency.

"We view Garin's situation as unique," he said. "It was a window of opportunity for both of us and we took advantage of it. From a legal standpoint, we don't see the Keith Jackson situation as being (a precedent) as far as anything that's going to happen in the future."

Veris will receive a pro-rated salary of $650,000 for this season and $730,000 in the second year, plus incentives. New England's best offer was $525,000 for the first year and $575,000 for the second.

San Francisco coach George Seifert said Veris is projected as a replacement for injured defensive end Larry Roberts, who is on injured reserve after tearing ligaments in his right knee.

* CLASS-ACTION SUIT: Two players took the stand as attorneys for the players wrapped up their case in a $10 million class action suit against the NFL.

The U.S. District Court trial involving developmental squad, or practice team, players during the 1989 season moved during the afternoon to witnesses for the defense, the 28 NFL teams.

Thomas Kaumeyer, a developmental squad player with the Seattle Seahawks, and Robert Sterling, who was on the Philadelphia Eagles developmental squad, testified that they performed the same job as inactive and injured reserve players who were receiving thousands of dollars more every week.

The 235 players in the suit claim they suffered major financial losses by having to accept a fixed $1,000-a-week salary as non-playing practice team members. They are demanding the wage they would have been paid had they been activated onto the 47-man first squad.

* COWBOYS: A Dallas scout has acknowledged he tried to circumvent new scouting restrictions imposed by some college programs by offering to buy videotapes from an unidentified assistant coach at the University of Nebraska.

"I was wrong . . . I didn't think it was that big of a deal. Maybe it is," said Larry Lacewell, first year director of college scouting for the Cowboys.

"I simply called there to find out when we could visit and in the course of a conversation with this assistant coach -- whom I obviously don't know very well -- he expressed the fact other teams had tried to get film from them," Lacewell told The Dallas Morning News.

"There appeared to be other teams trying to get tapes, so -- ignorantly or innocently -- I was fired up and said, 'Well, if they're buying tapes count us in, too.' That was the end of the conversation," Lacewell said.

Lacewell denied a CBS-TV report he offered $200 for the videotapes, insisting no specific financial arrangements were discussed.

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