The Dallas Cowboys acquired kicker Rolf Benirschke from the San Diego Chargers yesterday for an undisclosed draft choice, Dallas team officials said.
Benirschke, 32, a 10-year veteran who ranks as the third most accurate kicker in National Football League history, is the Chargers' all-time scoring leader with 15 club kicking records.
William Andrews, considered one of the top running backs in the NFL before a career-threatening knee injury three years ago, ended his comeback bid by announcing his retirement.
Also, the Falcons placed former Navy star Eddie Meyers on injured reserved. His five-year service commitment completed, he hurt a knee in the second preseason game.
At a news conference, Andrews said, "I think it's time now that I step aside and let the youngsters have it. I fulfilled everything I wanted to do in the game, except longevity, which was just not a part of it."
Andrews holds 11 club records for the Atlanta Falcons, most established in the first five of his six seasons.
He had surgery on his left knee after a training camp injury before the 1984 season. He missed two full seasons because of the injury and attempted a comeback last year, when he was used sparingly, rushing for 214 yards on 52 carries.
Meanwhile, the team increased its contract offer to No. 1 draft pick Chris Miller, but the former Oregon quarterback's agent Mike Blatt, wasn't impressed. The Falcons trimmed their incentive package and added it to the base pay.
Six-year veteran defensive back Willie Teal, who has been fighting a losing battle against knee ailments, was among seven players released. Others cut included offensive tackle Bob Riley, the team's 10th-round draft choice out of Indiana; defensive lineman Keith Williams, the 12th-round pick out of Florida; punter Mike Black; wide receiver Thad McFadden; tight end Joe Jones, and running back Carl Woods. Riley and Williams were the first draft picks cut.
Houston obtained offensive tackle Greg Feasel from Green Bay and placed seven players on injured reserve. The Oilers gave Green Bay an undisclosed conditional draft choice for Feasel, a former Abilene Christian University player who played 15 games for the Packers last season.
Placed on injured reserve were tackle Don Maggs; rookie fourth-round draft choice Mark Dusbabek; defensive tackle Ramsey Dardar; nose guard Tony Fitzpatrick; safety Bo Eason; linebacker Neal Dellocono and tackle Karl Baldischwiler.
The team reached agreement with first-round draft choice Shawn Knight, a 6-6, 290-pound defensive lineman, ending the longest holdout in the team's 21 years.
General Manager Jim Finks said it was a four-year contract with no option year. Sources said the contract was for $1.675 million plus about $150,000 in incentives -- close to what Knight originally requested and about $200,000 more than the Saints originally offered.
Seventh-year quarterback David Woodley was among 12 players cut. Woodley, once a Super Bowl starter for Miami, was obtained during the offseason from Pittsburgh.
Former Redskins quarterback Babe Laufenberg was among 13 players released as the team cut its roster to 60 players.
Veteran tight end Joe Rose and 10 free agents went as Miami Coach Don Shula tried to pare his roster to the 60-player limit.
Also, Bob Woolf, the agent for unsigned first-round draft choice John Bosa, was at training camp to talk with team officials. "I'm here to make something happen, but it hasn't happened yet," Woolf said.
Cornerback Leslie Frazier, attempting to return from knee surgery, was waived for the second time this preseason. Frazier was a starting cornerback for Chicago until he suffered ligament damage in Super Bowl XX. He missed all of last season and was waived by Chicago this summer.
Buffalo acquired wide receiver Trumaine Johnson in a trade with San Diego for rookie linebacker David Brandon, a third-round pick this year. The teams also exchanged undisclosed draft choices, said Bills spokesman Dave Senko.