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By Times staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 3, 2001


Report: Bears consider Angelo

TAMPA -- Jerry Angelo, Bucs director of player personnel the past 14 seasons, has surfaced as a possible candidate for the newly created general manager position with the Bears, the Chicago Sun Times reported Tuesday.

The paper reported that Angelo, along with Miami's Rick Spielman, Philadelphia's Tom Modrak, Baltimore's Phil Savage, Atlanta's Ron Hill and Jacksonville's Rick Reiprish are possible candidates to replace Mark Hatley, who left the post of vice president of player personnel Monday.

Wednesday, Bucs officials said Angelo had not been contacted by the Bears. Angelo could not be reached for comment.

Angelo's name has been linked to several general manager openings. In January, Angelo, who has 20 years' experience evaluating college players, interviewed for the general manager vacancy with the Jets, who hired Terry Bradway.

Last year, Angelo also interviewed for the general manager position with the expansion Houston Texans, who hired Charlie Casserly.

A former defensive tackle at Miami of Ohio, Angelo began coaching in 1972 with Colorado State. He has had stops at the University of Tampa and Syracuse, before joining the Cowboys as a scout (1980-81).

After spending five years as a regional scout for the Giants (1982-86), Angelo joined the Bucs in 1987.

Bears president Ted Phillips said he is looking for a "football person in the traditional sense of the term" and that the new general manager will answer only to Phillips and will have the power to hire and fire the coach.

"This is a big decision," Phillips said. "If I'm going to be judged on what I do, this is the biggest decision I will have made on a football level."

NEW HIRE: Former Bucs tight end Cedric Saunders, who played in a game as recently as 1995, has been hired as the director of player programs. He will replace Kevin Winston, who left for a similar position with the Jets.

Saunders' role will be to help players with continued education, prepare them for life after football, help them manage their involvement in community service and, in general, provide assistance with the day-to-day expectations for professional football players.

"It was always a desire of mine to be able to help the younger players," Saunders said.

PRESEASON TIMES: The NFL announced kickoff times for all preseason games and the four Bucs games are at night.

The Bucs open the preseason on Aug. 13 when they host the Dolphins at 8 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.

They play at Cleveland at 8 on Aug. 18. Tampa Bay hosts New England at 7:30 on Aug. 25 and finishes the preseason at 7:30 Aug. 31 in Atlanta.

Walsh retires

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Bill Walsh looks forward to watching younger men chase the legacy he left with the 49ers.

Walsh ended his second term as San Francisco general manager, handing the job to top assistant Terry Donahue in a long-anticipated transition.

After coaching San Francisco to three Super Bowl titles in the 1980s and building a roster that won two more titles after he left in 1989, Walsh returned to the 49ers in 1999 to rebuild a once-proud franchise ravaged by age and salary cap problems.

With the 49ers now stocked with a young, talented roster and a revitalized front office, Walsh considered his work completed. After a vacation in Hawaii, he will become an adviser in an organization synonymous with his innovations and leadership.

"I think I'm leaving the operations here in much better shape than I found them, and I feel like I've done that twice," Walsh said.

Donahue, who has been training for his new job since Walsh brought him to San Francisco two years ago, agreed to a four-year contract. Walsh has a three-year deal as a vice president and consultant for the organization.

"We will have Bill's voice in our decision-making, hopefully for many, many years," said Donahue, who coached at UCLA for 20 seasons before a brief broadcasting career.

Walsh spent 10 seasons as coach and general manager from 1979-88, building them into a dynasty still unmatched in NFL history.

As general manager, Walsh acquired most of the key players in the 49ers' best years, including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and Steve Young. As a coach, he molded them into a team that won five Super Bowls in 14 seasons -- the last two with George Seifert as coach.

Walsh, 69, was a pioneer of the West Coast offense, which is used, with minor variations, by approximately two-thirds of the teams in the NFL today. He was a mentor to dozens of current and former head coaches who once worked under him, including Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan, Dennis Green and Brian Billick.

Chuck Noll, Joe Gibbs and Walsh are the only coaches to win three or more Super Bowls.

After stints in broadcasting and a second tenure as coach at Stanford, Walsh returned in January 1999 at the behest of ex-owner Eddie DeBartolo. Walsh went to work excavating the 49ers from the cap problems incurred under Carmen Policy's leadership.

BRONCOS: Two days before he was due a $200,000 roster bonus, linebacker Glenn Cadrez was released. "They indicated they would like to have Glenn back at a reduced salary," agent Drew Rosenhaus said. Cadrez, who has spent six of his nine seasons with Denver, was due to make $1-million in base salary in 2001.

BROWNS: Fifth-round pick Jeremiah Pharms, 22, was arrested on charges he shot and pistol-whipped a man for $1,500 worth of marijuana last year from a man who lived in Seattle near the University of Washington campus, prosecutors for King County, Washington, announced. The linebacker was selected 134th overall in last month's draft.

CHARGERS: Starting center Roman Fortin won't participate in this weekend's three-day minicamp after having a surgical procedure for pain in his left knee.

DOLPHINS: Strongside linebacker Scott Galyon, who struggled through last weekend's minicamp with knee troubles, had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left knee. He is expected to be ready before the start of training camp. ... Linebacker Tyrus McCloud signed a one-year contract. ... Running back J.J. Johnson, who pulled a hamstring on the final day of minicamp, is getting treatment for the minor injury.

JETS: The club denied a report in the New York Post claiming the team could move to Los Angeles if it does not get a stadium built in New York City with the help of public funding.

TITANS: Nashville, Tenn., police questioned tackles Fred Miller and ex-Gator Zach Piller about a weekend barroom fight they are accused of starting.

- Staff writer Roger Mills contributed to this report.

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