Unless an NFL team guarantees his salary the rest of this season, linebacker Mike Curtis has played his final pro game, he said today.

"I don't want to get in a situation where I go to a team for a couple of months and then get cut and wind up like I am now," said Curtis, the 14-year veteran the Washington Redskins cut Tuesday.

"If they want to pay me no matter what, I'd play. I'd say I'll probably now be in a new profession. I am looking into commercial real estate. I've talked to a couple of firms but nothing has been settled yet."

Curtis said he understands why the Redskins dropped him. "They had some young linebackers they had to groom for future years." He said he is leaving football "happy with my career and satisfied that I got a lot out of it and it gave a lot to me.

"I was a physical player. I never cared for S's and O's. You had to know plays but I got my feel from playing the game and making contact. I got satisfaction from beating the guy on the other team physically.

"Now I am a fan. I don't want to be a coach, I don't have the patience. I'm too much of a perfectionist. I guess I'll probably wind up watching the Bullets more now, so I can root for Dr. J and Philly." CAPTION: Picture, Mike Curtis