Jim Finks has vacated the Chicago Bears' general managership and executive vice presidency with a sudden resignation.

The old Steeler quarterback had been chief operating officer of the Bears since owner George Halas called on him in 1974, after a successful stand as Minnesota Vikings' g.m. and a stint with the NFL Management Council. A rift developed between Finks and Halas, after 1981 season, and, last December, Finks discussed leaving with the now 88-year-old boss.

Now, said Finks, "I think the time is right to move on . . . the ideal time. The season is about to start and everything is pretty well set" . . .

Holdout Roger Carr has gotten his wish to be traded off Seattle's artificial turf onto grass, on which he had so many good years as a Baltimore Colt. Indeed, Carr has wound up in pass receivers' heaven: San Diego. For undisclosed draft picks, the Chargers gain, at least, insurance in event all-pro Wes Chandler continues bedeviled by foot injuries . . .

Charles Romes, seventh-year Buffalo cornerback, has reported to the Bills, hoping his salary dispute can be worked out while he works out. Has Jeris White heard Romes' explanation, "I just felt I had to get back with my teammates and try to help them get back on the winning track"? . . .

Denver's 11-year tight end Riley Odoms quit the Broncos briefly, had second thoughts and will fight for his job. Odoms was upset as Coach Dan Reeves disclosed on TV that Odoms would play a half in Friday's exhibition against the Vikings, with his job on the line . . . New Orleans Saints officials are stunned by retirement (?) of linebacker Whitney Paul, recently re-signed for four years at $100,000-plus per--"he wanted to play every down the last preseason game . . . It's preseason and we don't play every guy every play" . . .

Ed DeBartolo Sr. has named his USFL team in Pittsburgh: the Maulers.