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Young's agent says move from 49ers unlikely

Published Oct. 9, 2005

Steve Young's agent Wednesday played down reports that the San Francisco 49ers quarterback might take advantage of his free-agent status to move to another team.

Leigh Steinberg said free-agency restrictions make it unlikely Young, last year's MVP, will sign with anyone else. Team president Carmen Policy also said the chances of Young defecting are small.

Young can shop around for a new team for 30 days, but the 49ers could stop him from leaving by matching offers. The cost to potential bidders would be high. Under new rules, they would have to give up two first-round picks.

The free-agency rule adopted in May requires teams to upgrade minimum salary offers by June

15 to retain exclusive bargaining rights. The minimum offer is the average of the top five players at the position in question.

The 49ers offered Young $3.264-million, the average based on 1992 salaries, but did not raise that offer to $4.254-million _ the average as of May


Steinberg said he expects Young to sign a $5-million contract that would make him the highest-paid NFL quarterback, topping John Elway of the Denver Broncos.

Report: Robbies to stay involved

MIAMI _ The Robbie family plans to sell 65 percent of the Miami Dolphins, keep 20 percent and stay involved in the team's day-to-day operations, according to a newspaper report.

The team's founding family has signed a letter of intent to sell the Dolphins and its half of Joe Robbie Stadium to a group headed by two investors to pay off $47-million in estate taxes.

Real-estate mogul Bruce Frey and millionaire investor Nelson Peltz have exclusive rights to negotiate with the Robbies and examine the team's finances over the next couple of months, the Miami Herald reported.

Financial World magazine recently listed the Dolphins' value at $145-million _ fourth-highest among NFL franchises. The Robbies reportedly have set the selling price between $140-million and $157-million.

Around the league

Giants: Ten-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who missed half of last season with an injured Achilles' tendon, re-signed for his 13th season. Taylor agreed in April to the deal, which makes him the NFL's second-highest paid linebacker behind Kansas City's Derrick Thomas (four years, $12.25-million). It calls for a $550,000 reporting bonus with yearly salaries of $2.25-million in 1993 and '94.

Cowboys: Bill Bates, forced to watch most of last year's championship season with a knee injury, signed a one-year contract that will pay him a base salary of $200,000, with an additional $250,000 possible if he stays healthy.

Broncos: Free-agent linebacker David Wyman agreed to terms and is expected to sign by the end of the week. Wyman, a six-year NFL veteran, played with Seattle last season.