Attorney Leigh Steinberg says quarterback Steve Young and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are closing in on a deal that will bring the disgruntled Los Angeles Express star to the NFL club within two weeks.
There seems little tangible evidence to back up his optimism, but it was Steinberg who negotiated Young's record-setting "lifetime" USFL contract supposedly worth upward of $40 million.
Safety David Greenwood, all-USFL with the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, signed with Tampa Bay yesterday after the Buccaneers acquired his NFL rights from the New Orleans Saints for a conditional draft pick. The Panthers signed the former Wisconsin star in 1983 to one of pro football's largest contracts for a defensive back.
The Buccaneers, who own the NFL rights Young, had the former Brigham Young passer in for a physical and a light workout Aug. 2. USFL Commissioner Harry Usher gave the Buccaneers permission to sound out Young, but the NFL has trod gingerly because of the USFL's antitrust suit against the NFL.
"I would expect that something is going to happen within the next 10 days," said Steinberg. "Steve wants to play in Tampa Bay and he's excited about the opportunity."