NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue expects to render a verdict by Friday in the disputed Wilber Marshall trade after a hearing with the Washington Redskins and Houston Oilers, a league spokesman said yesterday.
The hearing will be tomorrow or Thursday. Tagliabue returned to the league's New York offices yesterday after vacationing in China.
At issue is the status of a purported trade of Marshall from the Redskins to the Oilers.
Marshall and his agent, Richard Bennett of Washington, say the All-Pro linebacker accepted an offer of $2.75 million from the Oilers before Houston's deadline of June 3 expired.