PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE NFL : Aikman-Switzer Rift Reported

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A philosophical rift between quarterback Troy Aikman and Dallas Cowboy Coach Barry Switzer has their relationship on the rocks, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

This isn't the first disagreement for Aikman and Switzer. Aikman played as a freshman for Switzer at Oklahoma before transferring to UCLA after a difference in philosophy.

Switzer, who says he plans to remain with the Cowboys, downplayed the disagreement, saying "outsiders" have long tried to poison his relationship with Aikman.

"Troy gets squeezed all the time by people who have their opinions of me," Switzer said. "People who pretend to be his friend are trying to create a separation.

"Troy's got to filter through that and understand we're on the same team."

Switzer has talked over some issues with Aikman. Owner Jerry Jones plans to confer with Aikman after the season.

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The permanent seat licenses for Music City's new stadium in Nashville, Tenn., don't go on sale until Jan. 8, but 57,000 is the number that officials are hoping to sell by Feb. 15.

The relocation agreement Nashville has with the Houston Oilers requires that a minimum of $71 million be raised from the sale of PSLs, the one-time fee for the permanent right to buy season tickets.

At an average price of $1,600 a PSL, a sellout would generate about $91.2 million for the $292.1 million stadium deal. The prices will range from $250 to $4,500.

The plan is for the Oilers, if they can negotiate their way out of the remaining two years' on their Astrodome contract in Houston, to play at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis until completion of the stadium in Nashville in 1998.

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The Cleveland Browns traveled to Florida on for their regular season closer Sunday against Jacksonville, and some players may have left behind their suburban practice building for the last time.

Owner Art Modell announced on Nov. 6 that he intends to move the Browns to Baltimore in 1996.

The final practice was Thursday. Players confirmed they were given the option of making their own travel plans following the game Sunday.

"We're going to disperse from Jacksonville," running back Earnest Byner said. "They said if we want to come in to talk to them they're going to be there [at the team's practice facility in Berea, Ohio]."

Tackle Tony Jones was among those reluctant to leave the his workplace behind.

"I just hope the next player enjoys it as much as I did," Jones said.

The Browns had trained during weekdays at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea before the city built a $13 million practice facility that opened in 1991 and includes an indoor practice field, outdoor fields, a large locker room, a cafeteria and a weight room. It also houses team offices.

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The Chicago Bears signed running back Robert Green to a two-year, $1.2 million contract. Green, an unrestricted free agent, suffered a season-ending broken leg in the Dec. 4 game at Detroit.

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