Robert Smith, a reserve defensive lineman with the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested with four others in a drug raid at a house, police in Bogalusa, La., said. Chief Aubrey McMillan said Smith and the others were charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute.
Smith, 23, played on special teams with the Vikings last season -- his first year in the NFL. He played college football at Grambling and signed a million-dollar contract with the Arizona Wranglers of the U.S. Football League, where he played little because of a knee injury.
Confiscated in the raid was $1,880, which the police chief said was the basis for the distribution charge. McMillan said officers found about a half-pound of marijuana and a small packet they believed to contain cocaine . . .
Assistant coaches and front-office personnel of the USFL Arizona Outlaws have signed contracts for 1986 in which they will receive half pay through June 30 with a guarantee to earn 10 percent above their full salaries by the end of the fall season, club officials say.
"It's a great deal," said Outlaws co-owner, president and general manager Bill Tatham Jr. "Everybody went for it. I even signed up for it myself."
The Outlaws last played in June and the USFL's switch from a spring to a proposed fall format this year has left a 14-month gap between seasons.