The National Football League has survived the threat of a temporary restaining order against its draft being held Tuesday.
Gerald Tockman, St. Louis attorney who represents PRO (Professional Representatives Organization), confirms that the player agents' new group considered going to court but decided there was not enough time after the formation of PRO two weeks ago.
The agents contend that the draft restricts the bargaining power of college prospects because they can negotiate with only one club, and PRO intends to lobby for player support against the draft at training camps.
The Colts are thinking in terms of drafting offensive tackle Anthony Munoz of Southern California, running back Curtis Dickey of Texas A&M and a wide receiver. They pick fifth and 24th (as a result of the Dutton trade) in the first round, fourth and 23rd in the second round and have four choices among the first 51.
Howard Slusher, the Los Angeles attorney who represents athletes, has sued the NFL, criticized the players' union, been disparaged in turn by that organization and has in the past indicated a low opinion of the sporting press.
He battled the Baltimore Colts for several years in behalf of defensive end John Dutton, who sat out part of last season before getting traded to Dallas.
Slusher's surprise had to be savory this week when one NFL club owner and the general manager of another team asked him to consider becoming the executive director of the NFL Management Council in place of Paul Sonnabend.
Before that, Jerry Argovitz, agent for Billy Sims of Oklahoma and others, asked Slusher to become head of the new players' union PRO is projecting. Tockman also tried to persuade Slusher, but he declined both offers. Slusher is not affiliated with PRO.
An NFL personnel expert insists some college players are collecting money from as many as four agents. Some players admitted last year that they had signed with more than one agent before the players' eligibility expired. As a result, agents were suing agents. The practice of paying undergraduates was devised to assure an agent of negotiating rights once a player is drafted.
The Colts' minicamp this week began on a disappointing note when wide receiver Roger Carr did not report because he wants to be traded and defensive back Bruce Laird stayed away because he is a free agent now, hoping for a better offer from another club.
Joe Washington missed the three days because of flu and Bert Jones because of a newly arrived daughter. But offensive tackle George Kunz, 11-season veteran, passed an examination of his back and will try a comeback in training camp. Defensive back Kim Anderson was switched to wide receiver.
The last time Dallas did not have a first-round draft choice was 1967, after trading a first, a second- and two fifth-round picks to Houston for offensive tackle Ralph Neeley.