1. Archive

49ers tell Taylor goodbye, for now

The San Francisco 49ers released veteran wide receiver John Taylor Wednesday, but continued to negotiate with his agents.

Taylor, whom San Francisco drafted in 1986, played opposite Jerry Rice, the NFL's career-leader in touchdowns.

The team said it hopes to "produce a contract that will keep John a San Francisco 49er, and also allow us the kind of flexibility and salary-cap relief that our present situation dictates."

Stadium news

Redskins: Prince George's County (Md.) Council scheduled owner Jack Kent Cooke's proposal to build a 78,600-seat stadium in Upper Marlboro for a public hearing July 17. Ground could be broken in October if Cooke gets his way, officials said.

Bengals: Cincinnati City Council postponed a vote on a proposal to build separate stadiums for the Bengals and Major League Baseball's Reds by 2000. If an agreement is not signed today, Bengals president Mike Brown said he intends to talk exclusively with Maryland officials about moving to Baltimore, which is offering a new stadium and other incentives.

Cardinals: Owner Bill Bidwill has approached the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community near Tempe, Ariz., about building a stadium on reservation land, Tribune Newspapers of Arizona reported. Tribal president Ivan Makil said he and Bidwill discussed the project "some time ago."


Cowboys: A grand jury in suburban Dallas declined to indict offensive tackle Erik Williams on sexual assault charges involving a 17-year-old woman at his home. The teenager reached a civil settlement with Williams and asked that he not be prosecuted.

TV shuffle: Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms and Paul Maguire will join Dick Enberg this fall as NBC's new No. 1 broadcasting team. Bob Trumpy was dropped as the No. 1 analyst and will join Tom Hammond. Marv Albert, who had been with Maguire, will be joined by Cris Collingsworth, who had been with Hammond. Green Bay wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, who expects to miss at least the 1995 season with a spinal injury, joined ESPN as an analyst for NFL Game Day and NFL Prime Monday.

Storm: Former University of Miami center Kelvin Harris, recently released by Amsterdam of the World League, replaces injured Deatrich Wise, coach Tim Marcum said.

_ Staff writer Tim Buckley contributed to this report.