NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue plans to recommend that the league not approve the move of the Rams from Los Angeles to St. Louis, the Long Beach (Calif.) Press Telegram reported.
The newspaper, citing league and team sources, said Tagliabue cited three factors in his decision, which is to come Monday, the first official day of league meetings in Phoenix: management’s contributions to the Rams’ decline, a lack of good-faith negotiations with Orange County leaders and concerns over the Raiders’ status in Los Angeles.
Broderick Thomas got another new start, and the Minnesota Vikings hope they got the pass rusher they need when they signed the free-agent linebacker to a $5.8 million contract.
A five-year, $8 million deal is keeping cornerback Darryll Lewis at home with the Houston Oilers after the free agent turned down offers from Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Arizona.
The Buffalo Bills continued to bolster their defense, signing free-agent linebacker Bryce Paup to a three-year contract worth $7.6 million.
The Philadelphia Eagles signed veteran defensive tackle Rhett Hall to a series of three one-year contracts, the team announced.
Linebacker Sam Mills, a four-time Pro Bowl pick for the New Orleans Saints, has signed to play for the Carolina Panthers.
Mills’ agent, Brett Senior, told The Charlotte Observer this week that Mills “agonized” over identical two-year, $2.8 million offers from the Panthers and Saints before choosing Carolina.
For the sixth consecutive season, the NFL set a paid attendance record in 1994.
Paid attendance for all games in the league’s 75th anniversary season was 18,010,264, the first time the league topped 18 million for a season.
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