Eyeing QB, Turner seeing double NFL REPORT

August 30, 1994|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer

ASHBURN, Va. -- Coach Norv Turner apparently doesn't want to have a loser in the Washington Redskins' quarterback derby.

"We basically did that during the preseason," Shuler said.

Roster moves

One former Redskin got a job yesterday and another lost one.

Tight end Ron Middleton, waived last week, signed with the Los Angeles Rams. Their tight ends coach, Rennie Simmons, had that job in Washington under Joe Gibbs.

"I have tremendous confidence in his ability," Simmons said of Middleton. "We needed help there, and he can give it to us."

Meanwhile, guard Darryl Moore, who was traded to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday for a conditional seventh-round pick, was waived yesterday. That means the Redskins won't get the draft choice.

The Redskins also claimed four players off waivers from other teams -- wide receiver Olanda Truitt of the Minnesota Vikings, defensive tackle Marc Boutte and defensive back Deral Boykin of the Rams and rookie guard Alia Kalaniuvalu of the Atlanta Falcons.

To make room, they released wide receiver Stephen Hobbs and defensive tackle Jeff Faulkner and waived two rookies, running back William Bell and defensive tackle Anthony Abrams. The rookies may be added to the practice squad.

The Redskins didn't announce it, but they also released defensive back A. J. Johnson. A team source said he'll be re-signed today at a cut in his $400,000 salary.

Schroeder departs

Jay Schroeder, once the Redskins' quarterback of the future, was released by the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals decided to go with former New York Jets backup Jeff Blake behind David Klingler.

Schroeder replaced Joe Theismann after he broke his leg in 1985 and led the team to the 1986 NFC title game. But in 1987, he lost his job to Doug Williams, who took the team to the Super Bowl.

Labor strife

NFL owners will meet the representatives of the game officials tomorrow in New York in hopes of getting a new contract before the season starts Sunday.

Although the officials, who are part-time employees, aren't threatening to strike now, they could walk out in midseason. They want their salaries, which now range from $1,350 to $2,700 a game, doubled and their pension payments increased by 30 percent.

Sanders puts Dolphins on hold

Deion Sanders had the Miami Dolphins on hold yesterday, the day he had set as a deadline for deciding where to play this season.

"I don't know what's going on -- how many teams are involved, or who's doing what," Dolphins general manager Eddie Jones said.

The Dolphins and at least two other teams have offered Sanders a contract. Jones disputed published reports that the bidding for the free-agent cornerback stands at $3 million a year. "From what I'm hearing, it's going to take a lot more money than that," Jones said. "We made him a very significant offer."

Around the league

Steve Bono, who played behind Joe Montana and Steve Young in San Francisco, has beaten out Matt Blundin for the backup job in Kansas City behind Montana. . . . Running back Dexter Carter, whose knee injury was initially thought to be season-ending, returned to practice and is expected to play in the 49ers' opener. . . . The Dallas Cowboys have offered free-agent running back Cleveland Gary a one-year contract worth less than $200,000, but with an incentive package that will at least double if he sees significant action behind Emmitt Smith. If Gary, the Rams' No. 1 draft choice in 1989 out of Miami who rushed for 1,125 yards in 1992, signs, Lincoln Coleman, plagued by fumbling problems in the preseason, probably would be

waived. Gary was waived by the Rams this week.

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