Bears Sign Rookie Qb Harbaugh

Posted: August 04, 1987

Quarterback Jim Harbaugh, the Chicago Bears' 1987 top draft pick, signed a contract yesterday with the NFL club and reported for morning workouts.

Bears officials and Harbaugh's agent, Lee Steinberg, said the Harbaugh contract totals more than $1.3 million over four years.

Harbaugh, who set single-season school passing records for yardage and receptions at Michigan last season, joins Doug Flutie, Mike Tomczak and Steve Fuller in the race for the team's No. 2 quarterbacking spot behind starter Jim McMahon.

Fuller watched yesterday's workout from the sideline after hurting his right shoulder last week. The Bears list his availability as day-to-day.

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All-pro linebacker Chip Banks will miss about a week of practice with Achilles' tendinitis, Chargers coach Al Saunders said.

"We're being a little bit conservative in our treatment and expectation," Saunders said. "We want to make sure this is not a problem. Chip's rehabilitation now is ice and rest. The prognosis is that he'll probably be out until the end of the week."

Banks, 27, was obtained by San Diego from the Cleveland Browns this year in a exchange of first-and second-round draft choices that gave the Browns a more advantageous position in the draft for collegiate talent.

Wide receiver Weegie Thompson missed practice because of a sprained back but two other Pittsburgh Steelers returned to drills after being sidelined over the weekend. Free safety Rick Woods (injured hamstring) and offensive guard Craig Wolfley (heat exhaustion) took part in both of yesterday's sessions after missing Saturday's workout. . . . James Brooks, Cincinnati's record-setting running back, is the Bengals' top-paid player, according to an Ohio newspaper. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Brooks signed for $500,000 a season for the next two years when he reported to the Bengals' Wilmington, Ohio, camp last Thursday. The newspaper, which said it based the story on figures supplied by the NFL Players' Association, reported that Brooks now earns more than wide receiver Cris Collinsworth, who makes $450,000, and quarterback Boomer Esiason and defensive end Eddie Edwards, who each have annual salaries of $400,000.

The Washington Redskins announced a major shakeup of the team's "Hogs" offensive line, as veterans took to the field for their first practice session without holdouts Dave Butz and Keith Griffin.

Offensive line coach Joe Bugel said the Redskins are restructuring their offensive line, with only mammoth all-pro left tackle Joe Jacoby projected as certain to retain his same starting job.

Bugel said four-time all-pro left guard Russ Grimm will move to center, displacing former all-pro Jeff Bostic, the eight-year veteran who will now

serve as a backup.

Veteran R. C. Thielemann will duel with third year man Raleigh McKenzie at Grimm's left guard spot, while rookie Ed Simmons, a sixth-round selection from Eastern Washington, will battle starting right tackle Mark May.

The NCAA and some major colleges exploit athletes for profit, New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor says in his autobiography excerpted in yesterday's edition of New York Newsday.

Taylor, the NFL's Most Valuable Player who led the Giants to their first Super Bowl title, also accuses the NCAA of enforcing academic standards only when public pressure makes it necessary for them to do so in LT: Living on the Edge.

"College football is to the pros what minor-league baseball is to the majors," Taylor said in his book. "The NCAA is into 'amateurism.' The schools are into academics. Both of them are full of (it) because what they are really into is making money. And it's the players who make money for them."

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