The Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars will have some
high-profile, high-priced veterans such as Steve Buerlein, William
(Refrigerator) Perry, Chris Doleman and former 49er Pierce Holt
available in the NFL expansion draft.
Except for AFC champion San Diego and NFC champion San Francisco,
teams were required to turn over six names each for the expansion
pool by yesterday noon. The Chargers and 49ers will add their players
after the Super Bowl.
Although the names will not be released until tomorrow, a number
of them became known.
Quarterback Buerlein and wide receiver Clark, who both signed as
free agents, were unprotected by Arizona.
Perry, a 10-year veteran, won fame with the Super Bowl champion
Chicago Bears in the 1985 season. He was a marketing phenomenon,
celebrated by the advertising community and centerpiece of the Bears'
Super Bowl video. Released by Chicago in 1993, he signed with the
Eagles and spent the last 1 1/2 seasons with Philadelphia.
The Eagles also placed center John Hudson, defensive back Al
Jackson, fullback Brian O'Neal, defensive back Otis Smith and tackle
Broderick Thompson on the expansion list.
Defensive lineman Holt signed as a free agent before the 1993
season. Doleman, a six-time Pro Bowl choice, came to Atlanta from
Minnesota in a trade this season. Their respective annual salaries of
$2.32 million and $2.7 million make their selections unlikely.
The Washington Redskins placed wide receiver Desmond Howard on the
list, along with defensive lineman Leonard Marshall and tight end
Ethan Horton, The Washington Post reported. All three are due to make
big salaries next season and none has performed as expected.
Denver also offered some familiar names, including running back
Rod Bernstine, linebacker Mike Croel, cornerback Ray Crockett and
offensive lineman Brian Habib.
VERMEIL PUSHES CARSON
Dick Vermeil, the ABC television football analyst who wanted to
coach the Philadelphia Eagles, thinks former defensive coordinator
Bud Carson should get the job. Speaking last night in his first
public appearance since Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie last weekend
decided not to hire him as coach and general manager, Vermeil said he
urged Lurie to pick Carson. He did not disclose Lurie's response.
-- The Jaguars named Lucious Selmon, a former All-America defensive
lineman for Oklahoma, the team's outside linebackers coach. Selmon,
43, joins the Jaguars from Oklahoma, where he has coached for 19
-- Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino will not need further surgery
on his Achilles tendon and plans to continue his rehabilitation plan.
Marino was examined by the Dolphins medical staff and three other
foot and ankle specialists and all decided against further surgery.
-- Wade Phillips, fired as coach of the Denver Broncos after the
regular season, was hired as defensive coordinator of the Buffalo
Bills. He replaces Walt Corey, who was fired by the Bills on January
2 after seven years.
-- The Minnesota Vikings added John Levra and Foge Fazio to their
coaching staff. Levra, who spent the last two seasons with Denver
after working with the Chicago Bears for seven seasons, will coach
the defensive line.
Fazio has spent last five seasons with New York Jets as
linebackers coach and will coach inside linebackers.
This article appeared on page B - 4 of the San Francisco Chronicle