The NFL is expected to announce today or Friday that the league will be expanded by two cities, with the new teams beginning play in 1993.
Among the cities that have been pursuing professional football teams are Jacksonville, Baltimore, St. Louis, Memphis and Charlotte. Oakland also would be interested in an expansion team if the Raiders decide not to return there from Los Angeles.
Baltimore and St. Louis previously had NFL clubs, but lost them to Indianapolis and Phoenix, respectively.
The league's last expansion was in 1976, when it added Tampa Bay and Seattle.
Green Bay has agreed to let unsigned quarterback Don Majkowski solicit contract offers from other teams, Tom Braatz, Packers executive vice president of football operations, said.
In a statement issued by the team's public relations department, Braatz said the Packers are still "very hopeful" of signing Majkowski, but permission for him to seek other offers was given because "the Packers have been unable to come to mutually acceptable terms with him.
"He and his agent have been seeking a contract worth 2.8 million dollars per year, while we have offered 1.1 million per year. They feel some other club will agree to their contractual terms. Accordingly, the Packers authorize agent Randy Vataha to discuss contractual terms for Don Majkowski with any member club until August 4, 1990."
Don McPherson, displaced by the signing of Jim McMahon as backup quarterback for Randall Cunningham, reportedly is unlikely to return to Philadelphia and could wind up with the Houston Oilers or a Canadian Football League team.
Phoenix wide receiver J.T. Smith, a 12-year veteran, said he wants more money from the team this season or he'll ask to be traded or released. Smith is entering the final year of a three-year contract that will pay him $475,000 this season. He said $900,000 "is about where I need to be."
An injury to rookie offensive tackle Leo Goeas is not as severe as originally thought, and San Diego's third-round draft choice may return to action in six to eight weeks, team officials said.
Goeas was told on Monday he would miss the entire 1990 season because of a broken bone and torn tendon in his left foot.
But further examination revealed that while there was a fracture, there was no tendon tear, team spokesman Bill Johnston said.
Quarterback Chris Chandler was absent from the Indianapolis camp for the fifth straight day, and the team has the option of suspending him for the season.
Chandler has filed a lawsuit contending the Colts breached his contract by refusing to pay $50,000 for his offseason workouts. The Colts contend Chandler failed to meet the contractual requirements for the money.