Rams trade holdout Pankey to Colts THC


5/8 TC The Los Angeles Rams traded holdout offensive tackle Irv Pankey to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday for a third-round pick and an undisclosed lower-round choice in next year's NFL draft.

Pankey, whose holdout lasted 50 days, approved the trade when he agreed to terms on a three-year contract. The trade is contingent upon Pankey's passing a physical today.

Pankey, 33, from Aberdeen, was a starter in nine of his 11 seasons as a Ram. He had been a fixture at left tackle since 1986.

The Rams had offered Pankey a two-year contract worth $1 million before the trade. He had sought a $750,000-a-year contract.

* VIKINGS: D.J. Dozier plans to change hats again, trading his Class AAA baseball cap for a Minnesota helmet. Dozier, who has spent the summer playing outfield for the New York Mets' affiliate in Norfolk, Va., has left the team.

Dozier (.269, 1 HR, 22 RBI in 171 at-bats) took himself out of the lineup before Tuesday night's game. Tidewater Tides general manager Dave Rosenfield said Dozier was not expected to play last night, the last game of the International League season.

Dozier, 25, a running back, is demanding a trade from the Vikings. He is not under contract with the team and, with Minnesota's new one-back offense designed to feature Herschel Walker, probably would not be allotted much playing time.

* PACKERS: Green Bay has offered holdout linebacker Tim Harris, who led the team in sacks each of his five seasons, to two teams for a first-round draft choice in 1992, the Milwaukee Journal reported.

The newspaper did not identify the teams the Packers had contacted.

* EAGLES: Randall Cunningham underwent major surgery on his left knee, and the surgeon said the quarterback should be ready by next year's training camp. Dr. Clarence Shields, who repaired Cunningham's other knee 10 years ago, performed the two-hour operation in Los Angeles.

* SEAHAWKS: Having lost starter Dave Krieg because of a broken thumb, Seattle signed free-agent quarterback Rusty Hilger. Krieg was injured in Sunday's opener at New Orleans. He has been placed on injured reserve and will be lost from five to seven weeks, coach Chuck Knox said.

Hilger, 29, has played five seasons in the NFL, three with the Raiders. He spent last season with the Colts.

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