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Browns' Metcalf signs extension

Cleveland Browns running back Eric Metcalf signed a three-year contract extension through 1996 for about $1.7-million a year.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Metcalf, who was in the final season of a two-year deal paying him an average of $725,000, also will receive a signing bonus worth close to $500,000.

"There's security in knowing they really want me to be here," said Metcalf, who gained 614 yards on 47 receptions and rushed for 301 yards on 73 carries last season. He also averaged 9.8 yards on 44 punt returns and 17.4 yards on nine kickoff returns.

Metcalf, the son of former St. Louis Cardinals running back Terry Metcalf, was selected 13th overall in the 1989 draft out of Texas.

"He said he won't let me down, and I don't think he will," Browns owner Art Modell said.


Steelers: Running back Barry Foster, who skipped this week's minicamp, reportedly wants a new contract. Foster signed a two-year deal with an option last year, before leading the AFC in rushing with 1,690 yards. With incentives, Foster earned about $1-million last season, but he reportedly wants $3-million a year. Director of football operations Tom Donahoe said the club does not renegotiate contracts. "This doesn't just pertain to Barry Foster," Donahoe said. "This pertains to anybody on the team."

Packers: Quarterback Brett Favre said he would become a restricted free agent before the 1994 season if he doesn't reach a contract agreement before this year's final preseason game on Aug. 27. Favre, who is in the final year of a three-year contract, is scheduled to make $360,000 in base salary this season.

Bears: Wide receiver Ron Morris, who failed his physical because of a knee injury, was waived. Morris played only four games last season.

Bengals: Former cornerback Lewis Billups pleaded guilty to making threats against Washington Bullets guard Rex Chapman, whose sister Billups had been dating. Sentencing was set for Aug. 13. Billups could be given up to five years in prison and fined $250,000. Under sentencing guidelines, Billups' actual sentence likely will be around 12 months. Billups had told Jenny Chapman not to see other people or her brother would be injured when the Bullets played in Orlando. Billups said Chapman would "get a visit, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, down. Next thing you read Rex Chapman through for the year, maybe for the rest of his career."