PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE NFL : Saints Praise Everett’s Camp
Former Ram Jim Everett has apparently won the starting quarterback job with the New Orleans Saints.
New Orleans broke training camp in La Crosse, Wis., with Everett having beaten out Wade Wilson for the job, Coach Jim Mora said. Doug Nussmeier, a No. 4 draft choice from Idaho, will be the No. 3 quarterback.
“I feel real good about quarterback,” Mora said. “I liked those guys before camp; I like them better now that I’ve seen them.”
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue restored Tony Casillas’ unrestricted free-agent status after a two-hour meeting with the former Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman and his agent, Tom Condon.
Casillas signed a four-year, $6-million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in the off-season. He then did not report and returned his $1.2 million signing bonus, citing concerns about his health. He had been found to have borderline hypertension and was under the care of an internist and cardiologist.
The Chiefs, alarmed over reports that Casillas wanted to return to the Cowboys, who now are coached by his former college coach, Barry Switzer, asked for a tampering investigation.
Miami Dolphin middle linebacker John Offerdahl signed a one-year contract loaded with playing-time incentives.
The injury-prone Offerdahl agreed to a base salary of $162,000 with a rising scale of incentive pay based on playing time.
Quarterback Shawn Moore was angry after being cut by the Denver Broncos, who decided on Tommy Maddox and Hugh Millen as John Elway’s backups. Moore said his $273,000 salary is the reason he lost the battle to Millen, a former Patriot quarterback who signed for the minimum of $162,000. . . . New York Jet receiver Rob Moore underwent surgery designed to speed up the healing process for his broken left wrist. The surgery could make Moore available sooner than the originally announced four to six weeks. . . . Kicker Scott Sisson, cut by the New England Patriots this week, was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are still expected to go with Michael Husted this season. . . . Philadelphia Eagle running back Charlie Garner, the team’s second-round draft pick, will be sidelined indefinitely because of a stress fracture of the rib. . . . Chicago Bear wide receiver Terry Obee suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle and will sit out the season.