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© St. Petersburg Times, published June 7, 2001


Vikes' Moss readies for large contract request

MINNEAPOLIS -- Randy Moss expects to receive a total package of about $100-million when he signs a new contract with the Vikings.

Moss' comments were made to radio show host John Thompson, the former Georgetown basketball coach, and were broadcast Tuesday.

"I think realistically, not trying to get out of the ordinary, probably between $18- and $20-million, as far as a signing bonus," Moss said. "But all together, maybe $100-million. It's reasonable."

Vikings owner Red McCombs has said he will not trade Moss, whose base salary is $3.5-million for 2001, the last season of a four-year deal he signed as a rookie in 1998.

The NFL's highest paid receiver is Keyshawn Johnson of the Bucs, who last year signed an eight-year, $56-million contract.

Capel reaches agreement for deferred prosecution

Former Hernando and Florida player John Capel, arrested last month on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana, is expected to accept an agreement with prosecutors today that could have his criminal record cleared in six months.

The state attorney's office said it had not received a reply to an offer for deferred prosecution, but Capel's attorney, Michael Hornung of Fort Myers, issued a release that said an agreement had been reached.

If Capel does not break any laws in the next six months and either serves 10 hours of community service or donates $100 to a local crime task force, the arrest will be removed from his record.

Capel, who was drafted in the seventh round by the Bears, was arrested May 5 when police found less than 20 grams of marijuana in a bag on the floor of his car. His attorney alleges that the traffic stop that generated the arrest was an act of racial profiling.

"Based on the totality of the circumstances surrounding this alleged event, and through our own investigation, we believe that Mr. Capel was a victim of the Alachua County Sheriff's Department's minority profiling," a statement from the attorney read.

Capel, who represented the United States as a sprinter in last year's Olympics, was in Chicago on Wednesday to participate in the Bears' minicamp, which continues through Friday. Though he has not signed with Chicago, his agent, Steve Weinberg, said Wednesday that Capel would be signed by the time training camp begins in July.

Capel, who did not return calls placed through the Bears on Wednesday, tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine workouts in February, meaning that if he makes the Bears roster, he also will enter the league's substance-abuse program.

BILLS: Coach Gregg Williams' patience with linebacker Corey Moore is growing thin after he missed his second day of minicamp. The team has not reached Moore, who apparently is in his hometown of Brownsville, Tenn., recovering after being shot in the left leg last week.

"Evidently his phone's broken down or maybe in the surgery his ears got numb, because he hasn't called me back," Williams said, alluding to two messages Moore failed to return on Tuesday. "Patience is not my middle name. So he needs to get here as soon as possible."

GIANTS: Receiver Ike Hilliard, a former Florida standout, is considering surgery for his injured right foot, a procedure that would require three months of recovery.

EAGLES: The team signed A.J. Feeley to a three-year contract, then announced the rookie quarterback from Oregon is recuperating from an emergency appendectomy. Feeley was in good condition after the surgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital. The 24-year-old was the second of two fifth-round draft choices in April.

PANTHERS: Carolina addressed running back depth by signing free agent Richard Huntley, who was released by Pittsburgh on Monday.

RAMS: St. Louis signed linebacker Brian Allen, a third-round pick in the draft, to a three-year contract. Terms were not announced.

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LOS ANGELES: Quarterback Todd Marinovich, suspended indefinitely last month by the Avengers, rejoined the team. The 31-year-old was suspended May 20 for "conduct detrimental to the team" after being ejected from two games.

-- Staff writer Greg Auman contributed to the report.

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