Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Oilers Walking on Air, Reach Terms with Mcnair

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Oilers Walking on Air, Reach Terms with Mcnair

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The Houston Oilers finally have landed Air McNair.

Steve McNair, Alcorn State's record-setting quarterback who was the third pick in the National Football League draft, has agreed to terms with the Oilers, coach Jeff Fisher said Saturday at the end of the first day of training camp at Trinity University.

"My understanding is they agreed in principle," Fisher said, adding that he expects a deal to be signed and McNair to report to camp in a "couple of days."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Oilers general manager Floyd Reese kept details of the contract close to his vest in an interview with Houston radio station KTRH.

"It's a long-term contact that meets everybody's needs," he said.

Bears, Salaam Far Apart: Rashaan Salaam's agent and the Bears' chief contract negotiator have such glaring philosophical differences that neither can envision a swift resolution to the stalemate that is keeping Chicago's top draft pick out of training camp.

"In terms of length of the deal, we've offered him three, four and five years. In terms of salary cap in the rookie pool, the deal that's been offered is a lot better than deals that have been signed around him," Bears Vice President Ted Phillips said. "So I really don't know where to go with it."

Agent Marvin Demoff said: "I think Ted knows where to turn. I just think he wants to keep going in the same direction."

Seahawks Look At LA: Unhappy with the Kingdome and the prospect of losing more money in Seattle, the Seahawks have talked with a Southern California group about moving into a new stadium in Los Angeles, team President David Behring said.

The Los Angeles Times reported the Seahawks have had discussions with Creative Artists Agency about a potential location for the new stadium.

Vikings, Stringer Agree: Team Turmoil finally got a little good news: first-round draft pick Korey Stringer signed a four-year, $3.4 million contract on the eve of training camp.

Stringer, a 6-foot-4, 332-pound offensive tackle who could start this fall, agreed to terms at the end of a difficult week for the Minnesota Vikings. …

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