Cards get Murrell in trade with Jets

Published April 8, 1998|Updated Sept. 13, 2005

The Arizona Cardinals filled a need Tuesday by trading their third-round draft pick to the New York Jets for Adrian Murrell, a 1,000-yard rusher the past two years.

The Cardinals were last in the NFL in rushing, averaging 78.4 yards per game. That's less than Murrell averaged in 1996, when he had 1,249 yards in 301 carries. He ran for 1,086 yards in 300 attempts last season.

Murrell became expendable when the Jets signed New England's Curtis Martin as a free agent. The Jets gave the Patriots their first- and third-round picks to acquire Martin.

"The draft is a crap shoot, but Adrian Murrell is not a crap shoot," said Bob Ferguson, Arizona's vice president of player personnel. "He's the real deal."

New York also sent Arizona its seventh-round pick.

BUCS: The Bucs worked out Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Paul Frase on Tuesday in hopes of finding a kick snapper.

Frase, a 10-year veteran who turns 33 next month, is an unrestricted free agent. He spent seven seasons with the New York Jets before going to Jacksonville in the 1995 expansion draft.

Last year he handled long-snapping duties for the Packers, which he also did for the Jets and Jaguars.

Frase has played every defensive line position in his career. The Bucs are interested in finding a long snapper to take the load off tight end Dave Moore, who figures to be a starter with the departure of Jackie Harris.

Frase also could snap on placekicks, a job previously held by guard Jim Pyne, who signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions.

The 6-foot-5, 267-pound Frase originally was a sixth-round pick by the Jets out of Syracuse in 1988.

COWBOYS: Fullback Daryl Johnston participated in new coach Chan Gailey's first official workout and repeated his vow to be back in uniform for the start of training camp in July.

Whether he will be as strong as the Daryl Johnston of old is the only nagging question for the two-time Pro Bowl pick, whose career appeared in jeopardy after surgery in October to repair a herniated disc in his neck.

"My doctor said it could 10 months to a year before (his neck strength) comes back 100 percent, if it does at all," Johnston said. "It'll depend on how long the herniation pushed on some of the nerve. You might only get back to 80-85 percent of the strength you had before."

Johnston, 32, missed the final 10 games last season after having the fusion surgery performed. He is at least two months ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation and expects to receive further medical clearance for football later this month.

_ Staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.