PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : Dolphins, Johnson Close to Agreement

Associated Press

Jimmy Johnson and Miami Dolphin owner Wayne Huizenga met to discuss the coaching vacancy for the first time Wednesday, and both reported progress toward an agreement.

Huizenga and Johnson met for four hours at the Dolphins' training camp, then emerged to offer a status report on negotiations. Their upbeat update only fueled speculation that the hiring of Johnson as Don Shula's successor is inevitable, probably by this weekend and possibly by today.

"I feel very good about it," Johnson said. "I like the relationship that we've started."

They planned to meet again early today.


Minnesota Viking linebacker Broderick Thomas was arrested near Houston on charges of driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon, police said. He was jailed on the two misdemeanor charges, then released pending a future court date after paying $1,300 for bail. . . . Assault charges against Chris Warren of the Seattle Seahawks were dismissed. The running back was accused last summer of slapping a woman and twisting her arm outside a suburban nightclub after she refused to dance with him.

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