The Eagles made an excellent move last week by signing linebacker William Thomas to a five-year, $15.75 million extension. He would have been a prize in what is shaping up as a thin 1997 free-agent crop....
At their fall meeting last week, NFL owners tabled until March a vote on cross-ownership. They'll be making a big mistake if they don't pass this motion. To turn away a potential owner like billionaire Paul Allen in Seattle because he owns the NBA Trail Blazers is absurd. Ditto if Wayne Huizenga, who owns the baseball Marlins and the NHL Panthers, ends up selling the Dolphins because of this archaic rule.
The End Zone
In advance of the Monday-night game between the Raiders and the Broncos, quarterbacks Jeff Hostetler of Oakland and John Elway of Denver appeared on the Internet to chat about the game. Even in cyberspace Dan Reeves, the Broncos' coach from 1981 through '92, was ridiculed for his tight rein on the offense in Elway's early years. "Preparing for you this weekend, our defense has decided to bring in Dan Reeves as a consultant," said Hostetler, who didn't re-sign with the Giants after Reeves was named coach there in '93. "We figure he did such a good job holding you down before, he could do it again."
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