Unless Dan Marino gets a call from the Bucs, offering him a chance to compete with Shaun King for the starting job—which is unlikely, considering the sideshow it would create—his NFL career appears to be over. Marino voided the final two years of his Miami contract last week but hasn't attracted any more interest around the league than he has from Dave Wannstedt's new regime in Miami. "Unless he can find the optimal situation," says Marvin Demoff, Marino's agent, "Dan won't play."
...Defensive end Orpheus Roye had only nine sacks in four seasons with the Steelers, but the Browns handed the free agent a six-year, $30 million contract. Folly? Probably not. Roye played in a 3-4, in which the ends get extra attention from the offensive line. In the Browns' 4-3, the quick 295-pounder should get to the passer more often....
The two men who were key in the return of instant replay in 1999, competition committee cochairs Mike Holmgren and Charley Casserly, have stepped down. Two men who dislike replay have been appointed to the committee—Bucs general manager Rich McKay and Cardinals general manager Bob Ferguson. However, both men believe replay will return. "I don't think it belongs in the game because the game belongs on the field, but it was a plus this year," says Ferguson. "I'll be stunned if we don't keep it."
...The Cowboys have always been tight-fisted when it comes to paying linebackers. Last week the club tendered restricted free agent Dexter Coakley a one-year, $1.02 million offer. Coakley, a Pro Bowl player in '99, would receive the highest single-season salary for a linebacker in franchise history.