AROUND THE NFL : Druckenmiller Gets a Chance With Dolphins

From Associated Press

Third-year quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, a first-round bust for the San Francisco 49ers, was traded to the Miami Dolphins Monday for a conditional draft choice.

The trade had been expected since the 49ers kept four quarterbacks when they cut their roster: Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Steve Stenstrom and Druckenmiller.

The Dolphins released third-string quarterback Craig Erickson last week. Damon Huard is Dan Marino’s backup.


Druckenmiller, the 26th pick in the 1997 draft, was 21 for 52 for 239 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions--all in his rookie year. His quarterback rating was 29.2.


The Dallas Cowboys are worth the most of any NFL team, valued at $663 million, topping Forbes magazine’s annual ranking.

The Washington Redskins, sold in July to Daniel Snyder for $750 million, were second with a value of $607 million. When Snyder bought the team, $160 million of the purchase price assumed stadium debt, putting the net team value at $590 million.

Rounding out the top five are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($502 million), the Carolina Panthers ($488 million) and the New England Patriots ($460 million). The Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos are seventh at $427 million.


Arizona Cardinal Coach Vince Tobin made three lineup changes for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Terry Hardy will start at tight end in place of Johnny McWilliams, Matt Joyce will start ahead of Anthony Clement at offensive left tackle and Zack Walz will be the right outside linebacker in place of Patrick Sapp.

Meanwhile, quarterback Jake Plummer, whose sprained right thumb makes him still questionable against the Eagles, went after team management for its failure to reach a contract agreement with wide receiver Rob Moore.

“Until someone upstairs realizes how important Rob Moore is to this whole offense and this season, we’re going to have to learn to play without him,” Plummer said. “Hopefully, they’ll realize that he’s a game-breaker.”


Deion Sanders worked out in pads and a helmet for the first time since undergoing toe surgery in April, increasing the chances he’ll play for the Cowboys in Sunday’s season opener. . . . Cornerback Darryll Lewis, who was released by the Tennessee Titans, agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. . . Tennessee defensive lineman Josh Evans has been suspended for four games after failing drug tests.