Joe Montana still has not signed a new contract that will make him the NFL's highest-paid quarterback.

"It's getting there, but I really haven't talked to Eddie or Carmen Policy in a day or so," Montana said, referring to team owner Eddie DeBartolo and the team's counsel.

The 49ers quarterback reportedly is on the verge of signing a four-year, $13 million renegotiated deal. According to a source close to the team, Montana would get $4 million in 1990, $3.5 million in 1991, $3 million in 1992 and $2.5 million in 1993.

The money averages out to $3.25 million per season, putting Montana ahead of Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly, who earns $3.14 million a year, and Philadelphia quarterback Randall Cunningham, who earns $3.1 million annually.

San Francisco's second-round draft pick, Dennis Brown, a defensive end, came to terms, leaving only two rookies unsigned.

Cornerback Eric Davis of Jacksonville State, another second-round pick, and wide receiver Ron Lewis, a third-round pick from Florida State, still have not come to terms with the 49ers.


With three starters -- running back Thurman Thomas, linebacker Shane Conlan and offensive lineman Will Wolford -- continuing to hold out, Coach Marv Levy was not a happy camper. Others missing are tight ends Keith McKeller and Butch Rolle, cornerback Kirby Jackson and safety John Hagy.

"It's unsettling," he said. "There's a varying degree of how much you can afford to miss {but} no one can afford to miss any. And anybody who thinks, 'I know the system' or that is kidding themselves."


Center Bart Oates ended a four-day excused absence so he could take the New Jersey bar exam. He showed up late for yesterday morning's workout, a fact not missed by Coach Bill Parcells.

"If he's that late for his clients they'll be incarcerated for a long while," Parcells said from New York's training site at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "They'll be residing in Rahway {state prison} on the second floor."


After coming to Cleveland's camp, right tackle Cody Risien again announced his retirement. Risien, 33, had originally retired in March, but decided to return in June.

"Looking at some of the younger guys and how hungry they are and reflecting on how hungry I had been early in my career, I just realized it's not my focus anymore," said Risien, a 10-year veteran from Texas A&M. "I just don't have a burning desire to play football anymore."


Key holdouts are safety Tim McDonald, punter Rich Camarillo, special teamer Ron Wolfley and top pick running back Anthony Thompson from Indiana.


Atlanta Falcons:

Signed DT Oliver Barnett. Waived TEs Alex Higdon and Joe Meerton, RB Victor Floyd, S John Norwood and QB Paul Singer.

Buffalo Bills:

Signed CB James Williiams, FB Jamie Mueller and TE Pete Metzellaars.

Dallas Cowboys:

Obtained RB Lorenzo Hampton from Denver Broncos for a conditional middle-to-late round draft pick.

Denver Broncos:

Signed NT Greg Kragen to a three-year contract.

Houston Oilers:

Signed DLs Jeff Alm, Byron Darby, and Scott Camper. Cut OT Bruce Davis.

Indianapolis Colts:

Signed RB Anthony Johnson. Agreed to terms with K Dean Biasucci.

Los Angeles Raiders:

Announced RB Marcus Allen agreed to terms.

Miami Dolphins:

Signed first-round pick OT Richmond Webb to a 5-year contract estimated at $3.8 million.

New Orleans Saints:

Signed WR Rogie Magee.

Seattle Seahawks:

Signed QB Dave Krieg to a 4-year contract.