Pro Football

From Staff and Wire Reports

The San Francisco 49ers, who have lost Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig and Matt Millen to Plan B, will not offer 1991 contracts to six other veterans, including three of the four remaining players from all four Super Bowl championships.

The three are linebacker Keena Turner, cornerback Eric Wright and wide receiver Mike Wilson, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, leaving quarterback Joe Montana as the only survivor of the championships. Turner has been offered a job in the organization.

The others are defensive lineman Pete Kugler, linebacker Jim Fahnhorst and nose tackle Fred Smerlas, said the paper, which cited a unnamed club source.

Smerlas played only one season with 49ers, but the others had at least seven years with the team.


The six players collected a total of nearly $3 million for the 1990 season, but none started a game last season.

The 49ers figure to end up cutting about 25% from their 1990 payroll of $26.8 million, which led the NFL. Owner Eddie DeBartolo said recently that the 49ers have lost money for several years.