April 7, 1990 |
On the morning it was announced that Jim Kelly had signed a seven-year contract with the Buffalo Bills for $20 million, the owner of the Bills, Ralph Wilson, followed his custom here of driving to 7-Eleven for coffee. It costs 69 cents, coming with the warranty, "It's fresh or it's free." Not wishing to offend the housekeeper, who also makes coffee, Wilson announces to her he is going to 7-Eleven only to pick up the newspapers.
March 24, 1990
Quarterback Jim Kelly became the NFL's highest-paid player when he signed a 7-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills that will pay him a reported $20 million.
March 4, 1990 |
Did someone say Max Montoya's reported $650,000-a-year contract makes him the highest-paid Raider offensive lineman ever? Actually, he'll make more than that. A source familiar with the details of the contract said it's a two-year, $1.45-million deal, composed of: --A $50,000 "relocation" bonus. --A $550,000 salary plus a $100,000 reporting bonus this season. --A $650,000 salary plus a $100,000 reporting bonus in 1991. On an annual basis, Montoya's contract beats the three-year, $1.
March 11, 1990 |
Before choosing Paul Tagliabue commissioner last October, the NFL's club owners argued for seven months. They were a splintered, quarreling group in those days. And, in some ways, they still are. Tagliabue will find the owners badly divided on the game's two most pressing issues today in Orlando, Fla., when, for the first time, he calls the league's annual convention to order: --Should the NFL abandon instant-replay officiating?
September 3, 1990 |
The Rams, having seen their secondary decimated by injuries in the last week, moved to shore up their defenses at the negotiating table. Strong safety Michael Stewart, who ranked third on the team in tackles last season with 72, agreed to a two-year contract Sunday. Details of the deal, which ended a 40-day holdout, were not disclosed. As much as they need the help, the Rams are expected to resist the temptation to ask Stewart to play cornerback.
August 21, 1991 |
Quarterback Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins Tuesday signed what is believed to be the richest contract in NFL history. Neither Dolphin management nor Marino would release details of the contract other than to say it was a five-year extension of his current deal, which will pay him $1.6 million this season. Several newspapers reported that Marino and his agent, Marvin Demoff, negotiated a contract for $25 million, including a $3-million signing bonus.
August 17, 1991 |
Todd Lyght signed a five-year, $5.55-million deal with the Rams Friday morning, ending his 30 days of L.A. sand and sightseeing and presumably solving his cash machine woes forever. "I knew I definitely had to sign when I was at the Versateller last night, and I only had $6 in my account," Lyght said Friday after being introduced by Ram owner Georgia Frontiere at the Boys and Girls Club luncheon at the Bonaventure Hotel.
August 10, 1991 |
John Robinson, who, of course, isn't following the Rams' negotiations to sign Todd Lyght closely at all , had only one question when he greeted the media Friday. "What did Croel sign for?" Robinson had been waiting for the Denver Broncos to sign linebacker Mike Croel, thus setting the stage for the Rams' deal-making with No. 1-pick Lyght, who was taken one pick after Croel.