Green Bay vice president Tom Braatz offered the Packers' coaching position to Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Lindy Infante and said he wants a reply by today.
"There are no major hurdles left. It's a matter of timing at this point," Braatz said.
Infante left Honolulu, where the Browns staff will coach the AFC team in Sunday's Pro Bowl, to tend "to personal business," said Browns Coach Marty Schottenheimer . . .
Owner William V. Bidwill was offered rent-free use of Busch Stadium and $5 million annually in unshared income to keep the St. Louis Cardinals from moving, a business group says.
A spokesman for Civic Progress, a group of top area business executives, said the offers extended to Bidwill before Jan. 15, when he announced the team would move to Arizona, were presented in writing to NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle over the weekend.
Civic Progess' final offer to keep the Cardinals in St. Louis included a guarantee of $2.6 million from luxury boxes over a period of up to 10 years and $20 million in funding until a 70,000-seat stadium could be built.
Bidwill needs 21 of the NFL's 28 owners to approve his transfer application . . .
The Kansas City Chiefs have been talking to the Pittsburgh Steelers about a trade involving quarterback Todd Blackledge, Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Blackledge, a former Penn State star, is a free agent and would have to be re-signed by the Chiefs before they could trade him. Blackledge began hinting he would welcome a trade when he lost his starting job to Bill Kenney last fall.