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Patriots Consider Trade Offers for Ismail

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April 19, 1991|From Staff and Wire Reports

The competition for Raghib (Rocket) Ismail intensified Thursday as the New England Patriots, who hold the No. 1 choice in Sunday's NFL draft, considered trade offers from the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys.

However, Cowboy owner Jerry Jones said Thursday night that Dallas failed to make a deal. "We came close, but there's no deal," Jones said.

Sam Jankovich, the Patriots' chief executive officer, said he expected added pressure to complete a deal so a team would have time to try to sign Ismail before the draft starts at 9 a.m., PDT, Sunday.

Ismail is a wide receiver and kick returner who is forgoing his senior season at Notre Dame. He also has been wooed by Toronto of the Canadian Football League, which reportedly has made a two-year, $6-million offer.

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