Originally created 02/13/98

Young signs new contract with Niners



SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Steve Young, already the NFL's highest paid player, got a raise Thursday.

The San Francisco 49ers tore up the quarterbacks's six-year, $45 million contract negotiated prior to last season and replaced it with a six-year, $49.175 million deal that was more salary-cap friendly. The new pact bumped Young's annual average salary to $8.2 million, a yearly increase of $700,000.

VIKING SIGNS STEUSSIE:

The Minnesota Vikings have made Todd Steussie the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history, agreeing to a $22 million, five-year contract Thursday.

The deal includes a $6 million signing bonus, which reflects the NFL's new $17.6 billion television package but also could signal a new financial era for the Vikings.

PACK WAIVES BEEBE:

Veteran wide receiver Don Beebe says he will play another season after being cut by the Green Bay Packers.

Beebe, a nine-year pro acquired by the Packers in 1996 but hampered by injuries last season, said he would have retired if he had been activated for the Super Bowl but will now try to hook up with another team.

Beebe, 33, was waived off injured reserve Wednesday.

REDSKINS, MITCHELL AGREE:

The Washington Redskins made Brian Mitchell the highest-paid kick return specialist in the league Thursday, agreeing to terms with the eight-year veteran on a five-year, $8.4 million contract.

WASHINGTON ISSUES THREAT:

Buffalo Bills' nose tackle Ted Washington threatened to sit out the first 10 games next season after the team designated him as its franchise player.

Washington, unhappy about how negotiations went before teams disclosed their top free agents Thursday, vowed he would play only the final six games after failing to reach an agreement with the Bills.

BEARS GET TACKLE:

The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle Jim Flanigan to a five-year, $15 million contract Thursday.

Flanigan, an unrestricted free agent, made 81 tackles, 45 solo tackles and six sacks to lead the Bears defensive line last season, his fourth with the team.

He started all 16 games in 1997 after recovering from an injury suffered in the last game of the 1996 season.

WOMAN SUES PHILLIPS:

A woman has filed a civil lawsuit against Miami Dolphins' running back Lawrence Phillips, claiming she was sexually assaulted during a party last year at an Omaha hotel.

Rebecca Harvey of Omaha contends that Phillips, a former Nebraska running back, pinned her against a bathroom wall on Feb. 15, 1997, then put his hands down her pants and fondled her.