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BOUNCER MULLS MAMULA'S OFFER OF APOLOGY

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A day after accusing Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Mike Mamula of exposing himself at a nightclub, a female bouncer said she was considering his offer of a private apology.

Sherri Happaney, 29, a bouncer at the Sterling Hotel, told the Allentown Morning Call on Tuesday that she would confer with her family over Mamula's offer, which was relayed by a police detective.

"I really don't know what I want to do," she said. "Because this was a public place, I feel I'm owed a public apology."

According to Happaney, police told her they do not intend to press charges, but she could pursue the matter by filing a private complaint with a district justice.

Sherri Happaney said Mamula stood 3 to 5 feet from her at 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the Sterling Hotel club and exposed himself after they made eye contact. They exchanged no words, she said.

Bouncer David Callahan said he also saw Mamula exposed.

Callahan and Happaney said they escorted Mamula, a Lackawanna native, from the club, where more than 750 were people gathered.

"I was thoroughly offended," Happaney told the Morning Call.

Eagles coach Ray Rhodes declined to comment Tuesday at the team's training camp at Lehigh University in nearby Bethlehem.

"Anytime you hear anything like that you are distressed, but I want to get the facts," Rhodes said.

Friends with Mamula said he was fixing his shorts and did not expose himself, according to police reports.

The case remained under review, police Capt. Carl Held said. No charges had been filed by Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday morning, as happens every year, a representative from NFL's security department gave the Eagles their annual behavior talk, warning them to stay away from gambling, drinking and carousing.

Mamula, the 1995 No. 1 draft pick from Boston College, has been a starter since his rookie year.

Young to sign for $6 million a year

ROCKLIN, Calif. -- The San Jose Mercury News has reported that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young will sign a six-year contract that will make him the richest player in team history.

The deal, rumored for two weeks, was to be announced today at a news conference expected to be attended by Young, team president Carmen Policy, team owner Eddie DeBartolo and Young's agent, Leigh Steinberg.

Terms of the agreement were not available, but sources say Young is to make at least $6 million a year. New England's Drew Bledsoe does. So does Troy Aikman of Dallas. And both are Steinberg clients.

Young, who was signed through this season, will extend his contract through 2002 -- effectively guaranteeing he will retire as a 49er. Young turns 36 in October.

In other Niners news, Steve Mariucci was wondering when Bill Walsh would visit the camp. Midway through Tuesday's workout, he got his answer.

"I just spoke to him the other day, and got some of his thoughts on training camp and that type of thing so I knew he was coming up here," the 49ers first-year coach said. "Then, halfway through practice, I turned around and boom! There he was, right behind me. It was great to see him."

It was the first camp visit by the 65-year-old Walsh, a Hall of Famer who guided the 49ers to three Super Bowl titles in 10 years. He said he's staying on as a team consultant this year but in a more subdued role.

"I'm just a resource," Walsh said. "Virtually every decisive and energized corporation has a number of consultants and I'm in that role here, but that's not new to football."

Mariucci, hired in January to replace George Seifert, said he wouldn't hesitate to talk to Walsh if the need arose and he has done so already. Walsh is expected to stay with the team through today.

"If there's an occasion where I'd like to bounce something off him philosophically or about the offense scheme-wise, we'll visit and we'll talk," Mariucci said.

Chiefs sign top pick Gonzalez to pact

RIVER FALLS, Wisc. -- The Kansas City Chiefs signed tight end Tony Gonzalez, their first round pick, to a six-year contract.

Gonzalez, the 13th overall pick this spring, led Division I tight ends with 53 receptions for 768 yards at the University of California last season. He totaled 98 receptions for 1,371 yards in three seasons.

The 6-foot-4, 244-pounder also averaged 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds for the school's basketball team last season.

Ravens get big scare from linebacker

WESTMINSTER, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens received a considerable scare when middle linebacker Ray Lewis injured his neck after banging helmets with a teammate during a full-contact drill.

Lewis was placed on a stretcher and transported by helicopter to a Baltimore hospital, but the Ravens' team physician said the injury was not serious.

"Tests indicate no damage to the spinal chord or primary nerves," Dr. Claude Moorman said. "In essence, what Ray suffered is a bad burner. This should resolve itself in time."

Hair-raising experience for Burnstein

PHOENIX -- Brent Burnstein didn't have to wait long to be rewarded for sticking to his guns.

The former Arizona State defensive end thought he was out of football after he left Tennessee Oilers camp last Friday when he took exception to some veterans' threats to cut his shoulder-length hair.

But the picture brightened Tuesday, when the Arizona Cardinals claimed him.

Initial reports said he refused to have his hair cut, prompting coach Jeff Fisher to say, "Obviously his hair is more important than football."

But the Oilers have no hair-length policy. He took exception to an Oilers tradition of hazing rookies by cutting their hair in free-form designs. He offered to cut his shoulder-length locks to any length, but that didn't satisfy veterans who taunted him with scissors Friday and promised to cut his hair following the afternoon practice.

Burnstein tried to reach Fisher and left a message that wasn't returned.

Around the league

The Indianapolis Colts released veteran offensive lineman Troy Auzenne, who had been trying to recover from a nagging knee injury. Auzenne injured his knee in training camp before last season, when he started five games and appeared in 12. He had been expected to pass his physical this year, but the Colts listed the reason for his dismissal as "failed physical."

Carolina Panthers defensive end Gerald Williams, who will turn 34 in September, said he plans to make the 1997 season his last.

A court motion filed on behalf of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Warren Sapp contends that marijuana seized from the player's car in June should be suppressed as evidence in his drug case. Sapp, 24, was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after police, acting on an anonymous tip, stopped the football player's Mercedes in an east Tampa neighborhood and found 12.7 grams of marijuana in the car's console and in a backpack that a passenger told police did not belong to Sapp. The motion contends that the traffic stop was illegal, noting that police observed "no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity" and that Sapp did not violate any traffic laws.

On the day after first-round draft pick Kenard Lang signed a five-year, $5.78 million contract, Pro Bowl punter Matt Turk completed a five-year, $2.78 million deal with the Washington Redskins that includes an $830,000 signing bonus.

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