Quarterback Archie Manning of the Minnesota Vikings yesterday announced his retirement after 14 years in the National Football League.
Manning, 36, cited a frayed tendon in his right elbow as the reason for retiring. "Maybe it (his passing arm) wore out," he said. "I'm grateful I played longer than most players."
Manning said his plans were to go home to see his wife Olivia and three sons and "try to adapt to a normal life. I don't know if I will."
Manning was drafted by New Orleans in the first round of the 1971 draft. In 1982, he was traded to Houston for tackle Leon Gray.
The Vikings acquired Manning, along with tight end Dave Casper, in a 1983 trade after Minnesota's No. 1 quarterback, Tommy Kramer, was out for the season with a knee injury.
Manning's retirement leaves the Vikings with two backups to Kramer, veteran Wade Wilson and rookie Steve Bono from UCLA.
During his career, Manning completed 2,011 passes in 3,642 attempts for 23,911 yards and 172 touchdowns in 156 games. He missed most of the 1983 season with a thyroid condition. He played in six games in 1984 and started two.
*Browns: Veteran Gary Danielson will start at quarterback when Cleveland plays host to the St. Louis Cardinals in their opener Sept. 8.
"It's something that I've worked hard to accomplish," Danielson said after Coach Marty Schottenheimer announced he had beaten out heralded rookie Bernie Kosar and Paul McDonald. "I wasn't pressing for a decision to be made, and would have been happy with any role on the team."
Danielson, acquired from the Detroit Lions on May 1 for an undisclosed draft choice, has completed 29 of 44 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns in three preseason games. He has yet to throw an interception in the three games, of which the Browns have won two. Kosar has completed 16 of 40 passes for 223 yards and no touchdowns.
*Eagles: Wilbert Montgomery blamed insults by Coach Marion Campbell and unreasonable ball-carrying demands by the Eagles for his refusal to report to Philadelphia's training camp and his trade to Detroit.
"I will always be a Philadelphia Eagle, no matter where I am, because that's where my heart is," he told the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. "I came there when the team was nothing, when the days were sour, and I was lucky enough to help get them to the Super Bowl, and then I had the days of sadness again . . .
As of Wednesday, Montgomery's nine-year career in Philadelphia ended and his days with Detroit began. He is the Eagles' all-time leading rusher.
*Cardinals: St. Louis obtained quarterback Scott Brunner from the Green Bay Packers for an undisclosed draft choice. Brunner a four-year NFL veteran, also played for the Giants and Broncos.