Chip Lohmiller is out and Eddie Murray is back in the NFL's latest kicker shuffle, while Natrone Means, Dana Stubblefield and Bruce Matthews put their contract hassles behind them.
Lohmiller, an eight-veteran and former Pro Bowl selection, was waived Tuesday by the Washington Redskins, who then signed Murray, a 16-year veteran released two weeks ago by Philadelphia."You look at all the kickers and punters moving around, you never know who's playing where," said Lohmiller, who missed an extra point and a 29-yard field goal Saturday night at Kansas City after making a career-low 57 percent of his field goals in 1993 and 71 percent in 1994.
"I had as much patience as I could," coach Norv Turner said. "After Saturday, I just thought it was time to go in a different direction."
Lohmiller, 29, was to make $691,000 this season. Murray, 38, who joins his sixth team in five years, signed for the $178,000 league minimum.
"It's a job, and that's really the bottom line," Murray said.
Means signed a four-year, $7.3 million contract with San Diego; Stubblefield agreed to a three-year, $6.75 million deal with San Francisco; and Matthews agreed to a four-year contract with Houston for $10.3 million.
Means, a Pro Bowl starter after his second season, will play in Sunday night's exhibition game against San Francisco. The running back sat out Monday night's loss to Minnesota after ending his 11-day holdout Friday.
Means received a $700,000 signing bonus and will have a base salary of $337,000 this year. His base pay will jump to $2.05 million in 1996 with a $300,000 roster bonus, $2 million in 1997 and $2.25 million in 1998. The Chargers also agreed to renegotiate if Means is productive this season.
Dana Stubblefield, a defensive end who also made the Pro Bowl in his second season, ended a 20-day holdout. He will have base salaries of $200,000 in 1995 and $1.525 million in 1996 and 1997 and will receive $750,000 roster bonuses in 1996 and 1997.
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Leon Lett accepted a contract extension worth about $14 million that commits him to Dallas for the next five seasons.
The Dallas Morning News said today that a formal announcement is being withheld pending interpretations from the NFL on the structure of the contract in regard to the salary cap.
Lett was scheduled to make $750,000 in the final year of his previous contract. Starting linebacker Darrin Smith is the only unsigned player. He is seeking a one-year deal for $700,000 and has been offered $425,000.
Chris Miller confronted a reporter from a TV station that said Monday the St. Louis quarterback planned to retire because of recurring head injuries.
"Kind of a shame when someone takes the liberty, when someone just comes along and says on a live telecast without talking to the main source, they're going to say that I'm thinking of retiring, that's nonsense," said Miller, who sustained his fourth concussion in two years Saturday night in Seattle.
A representative from Athletic Helmet Inc. will stop by the team's camp sometime this week to fit Miller with a helmet similar to one worn by Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman.
Jim McMahon participated in practice after signing a one-year deal that will reportedly pay the 35-year-old quarterback slightly more than the minimum, with incentives that could push the deal to $2 million.
"I want to go back to the Super Bowl, and I think this is my best opportunity, from what was out there being offered," said McMahon, who played in only two games for Arizona last season.
Former Florida State safety Devin Bush, selected 26th overall in the 1995 draft, agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
Former San Francisco coach Bill Walsh was in camp at Oxnard, Calif., as the guest of Oakland coach Mike White.
"As I'm sure you know, he's been one of my best friends for some time, so I'm glad he's here supporting us," said White, who worked with Walsh when they were assistants at California and Stanford.
New York's No. 1 pick, Tyrone Wheatley, reportedly is at the team's training camp, a signed member of the team.
Wheatley, a running back out of the University of Michigan, signed a $5.2 million, five-year contract Tuesday night, The New York Times and Daily News reported in today's editions.
Meanwhile, an MRI exam confirmed that quarterback Dave Brown had nothing more than a bruise to his right elbow and should be out no more than two weeks.
Guy McIntyre, a five-time Pro Bowl guard who spent last season with Green Bay after 10 years with Francisco, signed a one-year deal for $525,000, with a $100,000 signing bonus and incentive clauses for another $225,000.