PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : RAIDERS : Rathman Set to Sign for Two Years
The Raiders and fullback Tom Rathman have agreed on the parameters of a two-year, $1.2-million deal to bring the former San Francisco 49er to Los Angeles. Rathman and his agent, Marvin Demoff, will be at Raider camp in Oxnard today to try to wrap up the details.
Rathman, an unrestricted free agent, decided about a week ago that playing in Los Angeles was his first choice. Rathman is an eight-year veteran, having spent all eight seasons in San Francisco.
After walking away from football in 1991, defensive end Scott Davis returned to the Raiders, looking as if he had never left during practice at the team’s training camp in Oxnard.
Davis, a 6-foot-7, 280-pound former No. 1 draft choice from Illinois, surprised the Raiders when he retired to go into business three years ago when many NFL experts regarded him among the league’s top young defenders.
Davis had 6.5 sacks and 38 tackles in starting 16 regular-games and one playoff game in 1991.
The Raiders said goodby to veteran wide receiver Willie Gault, terminating his contract. Kevin Smith, who made the switch from fullback to tight end, wore Gault’s No. 83 in practice Thursday. . . . The Raiders released safety Donovan Gallatin, from UCLA, and free-agent linebacker Darrick Brownlow, then signed wide receiver Mike Alexander, who played with them three seasons ago before moving on to Buffalo, San Francisco and Calgary of the CFL. Also signed were draft choices Calvin Jones, a running back from Nebraska, and Austin Robbins, a defensive tackle from North Carolina.