As the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles draws closer, the New York Giants must prepare to play without Lawrence Taylor.
Joe Courrege, Taylor's agent, has been given permission to explore the possibility of a trade. Courrege said he has talked with the Eagles, who face the Giants Sept. 9 at Giants Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings about acquiring Taylor.
"The Eagles have already contacted the Giants," Courrege said. "We've discussed compensation for him and we're right in the ballpark."
Harry Gamble, the Eagles' president and chief operating officer, said he received approval from the the Giants to talk to Courrege. And Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan is eager to add Taylor, the NFL's all-time leader in sacks, to a defense that produced 62 sacks last season.
Courrege said Vikings General Manager Mike Lynn invited him to Miami to discuss contracts for Taylor and Minnesota linebacker Ray Berry, who also is Courrege's client, but he refused.
"It's not really serious. Some guys get to salivating," Courrege said. "It's like having Seattle Slew and Secretariat in the same stable."
Negotiations between Courrege and Giants General Manager George Young reached an impasse Thursday morning. The latest offers apparently differ by about $400,000 to $500,000 per year.
At first, Courrege reportedly was seeking a four-year, $9.9 million deal. Courrege said he has "come down under $2 million a year" and that Taylor will accept a three-year contract. According to Courrege, Young raised his original offer -- a three-year, $4.25 million contract -- by about "$100,000" a year.
Lions 26, Bengals 24:
In Cincinnati, Bob Gagliano stole the spotlight in Andre Ware's professional debut, throwing for two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Detroit completed an unbeaten preseason.
Cincinnati (1-3) led by 24-10 late in the third quarter after Boomer Esiason threw his second touchdown pass, this one set up by Ware's first pro interception.
After Ware was ineffective in two series, completing two of seven passes for 15 yards, Gagliano relieved him and completed eight of 10 passes for 129 yards to give the Lions (4-0) their first unbeaten preseason since 1954, when they won six games.
Gagliano threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Campbell, a three-yarder to Willie Green and then hit Campbell with a 26-yarder to set up Wilson Hoyle's winning 19-yard field goal with 3:39 left.
Chiefs 27, Packers 14:
Derrick Thomas, Chris Martin and Leonard Griffin scored second-quarter touchdowns off Anthony Dilweg's turnovers to lead host Kansas City to a preseason victory over Green Bay.
Dilweg's nightmare began when Thomas stripped him of the ball on the third play of the second period. Thomas, the 1989 AFC defensive rookie of the year, picked up the ball on the Green Bay 13-yard line, circled left and sped to the corner of the end zone for a 10-0 Chiefs lead.
Vikings 20, Dolphins 17:
Wade Wilson threw two early touchdown passes and Minnesota, on the road, repeatedly turned back Miami scoring threats.
The Vikings finished the preseason at 3-1, the same record they've had in four of the past five years. The Dolphins finished 1-3 and scored only 54 points in preseason play.
Saints 17, Colts 14:
New Orleans scored all of its points off turnovers, with Dalton Hilliard and Gill Fennerty running for touchdowns in a game that left Indianapolis winless for the preseason.
Broncos 25, Cardinals 14:
In Denver, Bobby Humphrey ran for two first-quarter touchdowns in a game interrupted for 26 minutes by lightning. Denver's defense helped, sacking quarterback Timm Rosenbach eight times.
Seahawks 30, 49ers 10:
The NFL champions, without Joe Montana, who sat out with a bruised right arm, were no match for visiting Seattle. Derrick Fenner ran for two touchdowns. The Seahawks converted an interception and a fumble recovery into the two touchdowns and scored 20 points in a 4:58 span in the second quarter.
Falcons 45, Patriots 14:
Chris Miller and Hugh Millen each passed for two touchdowns, the defense ran back two second-half fumbles and the visiting Falcons completed their first unbeaten preseason.