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published July 14, 2001

Bears give up rights to ex-UF star Capel

Former Hernando and University of Florida standout John Capel's brief tenure with the Chicago Bears ended Friday when the team relinquished the rights to the seventh-round draft pick, less than a week before preseason training camp.

Capel, who won the 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer, was drafted despite playing sparingly in two seasons with the Gators. He was arrested in Gainesville in May on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and reached a deferred prosecution agreement last month that would clean his record of that charge after six months.

"John has talent that needs to be developed," said his agent, Robert Alterman of Pembroke Pines. "Sometimes the transition to the NFL is a hard one, but a lot of teams will be looking at him."

Alterman said he had contacted eight NFL teams Friday to arrange workouts, including the Buccaneers. The receiver, one of the fastest players in the draft, declined to comment through Alterman, who said he was "completely surprised" by the move.

But Dallas-based agent Steve Weinberg, who had represented Capel until recent weeks, said he had expected the move for some time. "They've been telling me for weeks that they were going to do this," Weinberg said. "He has a lot of personal problems that forced this to happen. I don't think he realizes what the NFL is all about."

BRONCOS: The team has reached a one-year, $477,000, deal with veteran offensive lineman and long-snap specialist David Diaz-Infante.

CARDINALS: Construction of a $334-million stadium in Tempe, Ariz., has been halted by concerns it would pose a hazard for commercial airline flights.

At issue is a flight path out of Sky Harbor International Airport, which takes airlines' largest aircraft over the planned 198-foot-tall stadium at heights of 400 feet to 800 feet. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the stadium has been scheduled for Sept. 6 with an eye to completion in time for the 2004 season. Surveying and some other work has been completed, but earth work has yet to begin.

LIONS: Aaron Gibson, a 380-pound offensive tackle, was charged Friday with two counts of misdemeanor assault after a fight outside a Pontiac nightclub. Gibson, 23, was arraigned Friday and released on a $500 personal recognizance bond.

PATRIOTS: Free-agent cornerback Terrell Buckley and three draft picks signed. Buckley, the former Florida State star, started for Denver last season. He has 370 tackles and 38 interceptions in his nine-year career. New England also signed tight ends Jabari Holloway and Arther Love and kicker Owen Pochman. Terms were not disclosed.

REDSKINS: The team is leaning strongly against releasing Deion Sanders even if the cornerback doesn't want to play for the team, according to a Washington Post report. The Redskins no longer need the $3.6-million of salary cap space that releasing Sanders would create this season, and it appears team officials do not want to give Sanders an opportunity to sign with another club.

TITANS: Linebacker Keith Adams agreed to terms on a multiyear contract. Terms were not announced.

- Information from other news organizations was used in this report.

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