RETIRED: DEBBIE MEYER, 19, winner of three freestyle swimming gold medals at the 1968 Olympics. "I don't seem to have the drive anymore," said Meyer. "I have been to the Olympics and I don't want to work that hard to get there again."
SIGNED: as head coach of the Chicago Bears, ABE GIBRON, 46, an assistant coach the past seven years. Gibron, a pro guard, for 11 seasons and a line coach with the Washington Redskins for five, becomes only the sixth coach of the Bears in 52 years.
TRADED: By the New York Giants, Quarterback FRAN TARKENTON, 31, to the Minnesota Vikings for Wide Receiver BOB GRIM, 26, reserve Quarterback NORM SNEAD, 32, rookie Running Back Vince Clements, 23, and two draft choices (page 16). In another trade, the San Diego Chargers obtained Defensive End DAVID (Deacon) JONES, 33, an All-Pro seven times in his 11-year career, Defensive Tackle GREG WOJCIK, 26, and Running Back LEE WHITE, 25, from the Los Angeles Rams for Linebacker JEFF STAGGS, 27, a five-year veteran, and three draft choices.