Raiders Raid Cowboys For Russell Maryland

Posted: February 22, 1996

Free-agent signings continued across the National Football League yesterday as defensive tackle Russell Maryland went from Dallas to Oakland, but two of the most intriguing offers went to players who may be unable to move.

Safety Darryl Williams, backup quarterbacks Sean Salisbury and Erik Wilhelm, and offensive lineman Jay Leeuwenburg all moved to new teams. Special teams player Steve DeOssie re-signed with New England.

The biggest offers went to receiver Andre Hastings and linebacker Quentin Coryatt, both restricted free agents.

Hastings, the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver who made 10 catches in the Super Bowl, signed an offer sheet with Detroit calling for a one-year, $361,000 contract. The Steelers have the right to match the offer.

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Coryatt to an offer sheet worth $18 million over four years. Coryatt will receive a $6 million signing bonus, the most ever given a linebacker.

The Indianapolis Colts, who made Coryatt their transition player, have a week to match the deal. Coryatt, 25, would be second to Junior Seau of San Diego in average salary among linebackers.

The Seattle Seahawks signed Williams to a four-year, $7.1 million contract. Williams, a 6-foot, 191-pounder, was Cincinnati's first-round draft pick in 1992 and played his entire career with the Bengals.

After losing Williams, the Bengals signed Wilhelm to back up Jeff Blake. David Klingler, the former No. 1 quarterback, is a free agent hoping to start for another team.

The Indianapolis Colts signed Leeuwenburg - the sixth former Bear signed by Indianapolis since Bill Tobin, the former Chicago player personnel director, became director of football operations in Indianapolis two years ago.

Meanwhile, the Steelers indicated they would match any reasonable offer for Hastings.

Maryland, who was the Dallas Cowboys' No. 1 draft choice in 1991 and played on three Super Bowl champions, agreed to a six-year, $19 million contract with the Raiders, a deal that includes a $4.3 million signing bonus.

Salisbury, who sat out all of last season, signed a two-year contract worth about $1 million with the San Diego Chargers. He last played for the Minnesota Vikings in 1994.

DeOssie, 33, is a deep-snap specialist who played every game since he joined the Patriots in 1994.

COLLEGES Five Michigan basketball players involved in an early-morning automobile accident Saturday after a party in Detroit have been put on probation, coach Steve Fisher said.

Fisher said he had established ``significant restrictions'' for the five, although he did not specify the restrictions. All of the players except for forward Maurice Taylor, the driver of the van, who suffered a season-ending broken arm, played the next day against Indiana.

* Louisville's Samaki Walker is likely to miss his ninth straight game tonight because a decision from the NCAA on his eligibility is still a week away.

Walker has been withheld from games since Jan. 21 while school officials investigated his use of a car procured by his father from a company owned by Walker's former summer employer.

BOXING Heavyweight Mike Tyson and promoter Don King have gone to court in Las Vegas to try to make sure the WBC title will be at stake in Tyson's March 16 fight against champion Frank Bruno.

The suit is aimed at blocking other court efforts on behalf of former champion Lennox Lewis to get damages or force the WBC to withdraw its sanction of the fight at the MGM Grand hotel.

* Philadelphia featherweights Wilson Santos (12-4) and Howard Evans (5-0) will square off at the Front Street Gym on East Clearfield in Kensington in the headline event of an eight-bout program beginning at 7:30 p.m tomorrow.

HOCKEY Pittsburgh Penguins rookie defenseman Stefan Bergkvist underwent an emergency appendectomy in Buffalo and will be out indefinitely. Bergkvist, 20, a native of Sweden, was Pittsburgh's No. 1 draft pick in 1993.

* Milos Holan of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, diagnosed last fall with leukemia, received a bone marrow transplant. Holan, 24, was listed in stable condition at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif.

A native of the Czech Republic, Holan was the Flyers' third-round draft pick, 77th overall, in the 1993 entry draft. The Mighty Ducks acquired him in a trade last March.

SKIING Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg won the men's combined gold for the third time at the world championships for the 13th medal of his career.

Girardelli won the combined in Sierra Nevada, Spain, in 3 minutes, 31.95 seconds. Lasse Kjus of Norway was second in 3:32.20, and Austria's Guenther Mader third in 3:32.93.

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