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PANTHERS, JAGUARS FIND SURPRISES IN THEIR STOCKINGS
Published September 28, 1994
At the league meetings in Dallas, the Panthers and the Jaguars received "unexpected generous news" from the NFL management council's executive committee (CEC). The CEC will "recommend to league owners that the expansion teams be awarded an extra pick in all seven rounds" of the '95 draft. It was believed the teams would be given only one additional pick in the first two rounds combined. Owners "are expected to spend today discussing the plan" and approval could come late this afternoon. Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones: "It would surprise me if they don't get their vote." The Panthers and Jaguars will also get seven extra picks in the '96 draft, with none in the first two rounds. In February '95, there will be a veteran allocation draft in which NFL teams will expose six players, but can only lose two. To "alleviate fears that the Panthers and Jaguars could raid the free agent market," they must keep 30 players on their roster from this draft, and/or $14M in salaries paid to those players (Charles Chandler, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/28). ALSO ON THE DOCKET: Realignment is the other top issue before the owners. Browns Owner Art Modell: "There are five or six scenarios being recommended. But I don't know if it will even get off the ground. There are entrenched positions in the league" (Gordon Forbes, USA TODAY, 9/28). Approval of the Redskins move to Laurel, MD is expected to pass with no opposition (Baltimore SUN, 9/29). Team reps will also discuss Deion Sanders' signing with the 49ers and "inquire about the possible involvement of a third party in the deal" after reports that Nike "might have played a role." The Saints and Falcons are "sufficiently concerned to make it an issue." Saints Exec VP Jim Miller raised the following scenario to show why the league should deal with the issue: "Say next year or in future years Barry Sanders becomes available and Proctor & Gamble all of a sudden wanted him to be its national sponsor and play in Cincinnati. So they tell him they will pay him $5 million a year if he plays with the Bengals" (Clark Judge, San Jose MERCURY, 9/28). PIRATE BUSTERS: The NFL has hired Secure Signals of Reston, VA, to check sports bars in an effort to crack down on pirating NFL TV games (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 9/28).