Don Majkowski, the "Majik Man" who quarterbacked Green Bay from 4-12 to 10-6 last season with his last-minute heroics, waited until five days before the season to agree to a contract and report to the Packers.
Majkowski's agent, Randy Vataha, said the contract will pay him at least $1.5 million, and possibly $2 million with incentives. "Once everything is done, both sides are glad it's over," said Majkowski, who is arrived in Green Bay last night and is supposed to sign today. "I hope there are not hard feelings."
Coach Lindy Infante said second-year man Anthony Dilweg will remain the starter Sunday against the Rams.
Majkowski ended his 45-day holdout on a busy day for NFL teams. Many claimed back players they had waived Monday after conforming with the often-confusing injured-reserve rules. Players put on injured reserve after the 47-man roster is set can be brought back during the regular season and playoffs. Anyone cut before the roster is set must miss the entire season and can't practice with the team.
Vikings: The Vikings claimed two of the biggest surprises from Monday's cuts -- former Eagles wide receiver Cris Carter, 24, and ex-Buccaneers kicker Donald Igwebuike, 29 -- off waivers. Carter caught 45 passes for 605 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. The Vikings reclaimed fullback Jesse Clark.
Giants: Dave Duerson, 29, the former all-pro safety cut last week by Chicago, signed as a replacement for strong safety Adrian White, out for the season with a knee injury. "This is just the right situation for me," said Duerson. "I like the style of defense they play. It's the style the Bears had in their glory days."
The Giants put rookie kicker Matt Stover, who said he injured a groin muscle on the final extra point in the final exhibition, on injured reserve.
Jets: Freeman McNeil, 31, the team's all-time leading ground-gainer, risked on waivers on Monday, was reclaimed.
Cowboys: Emmitt Smith, picked 17th in the draft, joined the team after threatening to return to the University of Florida, which he left after his junior year. That leaves tight end Eric Green of the Steelers as the only first-round selection unsigned.
Tony Dorsett offered this solution to the team's problems: bring him back. "They don't have a running back out there that can do what I can do," Dorsett, 36, said in yesterday's editions of the Dallas Times Herald. "Emmitt's no Tony Dorsett."
Rams: Los Angeles's hopes to reclaim veteran quarterback Mark Herrmann, whom they had waived Monday, and use him with Chuck Long to back up Jim Everett, went awry when the Colts claimed him. "It's very disappointing to us," said Coach John Robinson. "We hated to lose Mark. He's a great guy . . . . But we didn't have a lot of options available to us" because of injuries.
Herrmann wasn't exactly happy, but he lives in Indianapolis and, he added, "At least I still have a job."
Cardinals: Coach Joe Bugel expects a welcome of the worst kind Sunday in Washington. "I know what to expect back there," said Bugel, hired Feb. 6 by Phoenix after nine seasons as Washington's offensive line coach.
"Those guys back there are friends. You know what you do to friends, don't you? You try to shove the football up their rear ends."
The Cardinals are an 11 1/2-point underdog going into RFK Stadium, where they haven't won since 1978.
Lions: Pro Bowl nose tackle Jerry Ball, who had been seeking to renegotiate his contract, showed up at the Pontiac Silverdome following a 47-day holdout, saying the Lions had promised to talk about an extension later. "Not much really happened," said Ball, who will be fined $70,000. "There was no contract signed, no extension or no bonus. That's the way it is."
Dolphins: Miami added two former No. 1 draft picks: Veteran guard Roy Foster ended his holdout by signing a one-year contract and linebacker Clifford Charlton, the Brown's first pick in 1988, was claimed off waivers.
BEARS: Put LB Dante Jones, WR Glen Kozlowski on injured reserve; recalled WRs Tom Waddle, Quintin Smith.
BENGALS: Put OL Bruce Reimers, OL Kirk Scrafford, WR Lynn James on IR; re-signed T Eric Crigler, WR Kendal Smith.
BRONCOS: Recalled OL Scott Beavers, LB Ty Alertt, LB Anthony Thompson; put LB Tim Lucas, LB Ronnie Halliburton, OL Brent Parkinson on IR.
BROWNS: Reached agreement with DB Felix Wright; put CB Mark Harper, DL Tom Gibson, WR Lawyer Tillman on IR; claimed WR Leo Lewis.
CARDINALS: Claimed WR John Jackson, TE Dennis Smith; put CB Stanley Blair, DE David Galloway on IR.
CHARGERS: Put QB John Friesz, OL lineman Joel Patten on IR; claimed DB Anthony Shelton, from 49ers; recalled DL Gerald Robinson.
CHIEFS: Waived DBs James Griffin, Sidney Johnson; put on IR TE Jonathan Hayes, WR Fred Jones, T Rob Woods, NG Tom Sims.
COWBOYS: Put WR Michael Irvin, OG Jeff Zimmerman on IR; recalled RB Timmy Smith, PK Ken Willis.
EAGLES: Signed holdout Anthony Toney to three one-year contracts, free agent QB Ben Brown; agreed with former Jets TE Mickey Shuler on one-year deal; claimed OL Bruce Collie from 49ers; put WR Anthony Edwards on IR.
FALCONS: Claimed fifth-round draft choice WR Reggie Thornton from Vikings; re-signed WR Stacey Bailey, TE Troy Sadowski, S Elbert Shelley Placed; put OT Reggie Redding, WR George Thomas, S Tim Gordon, RB Mike Pringle on IR.
JETS: Re-signed TE Chris Dressel, LBs John Galvin and Dan Murray; claimed LB Troy Johnson from Bears, TE Doug Wellsandt from Bengals; released LB Brad Quast, WR Carl Parker; placed on IR starting LB Alex Gordon, rookie WR Dale Dawkins, RB Patrick Egu, T Steve Jones, G Blaine White.
OILERS: Signed CB Patrick Allen.
PACKERS: Waived QB Mike Norseth, P Dale Hatcher, WR Flip Johnson, RB Paul Frazier, TE William Harris, C George Yarno, DE Shawn Miller, LB Greg Clark, CB Roger Brown, S Stan Shiver. Placed WR Eric Affholter, DE Mark Hall, LB Bryce Paup on IR; CB Dave Brown on physically-unable-to-perform list.
PATRIOTS: Recalled TE Lin Dawson, LB Ed Williams, OT David Douglas; claimed DL Marion Hobby, C Gene Chilton, OG Stan Clayton; put OG Sean Farrell, C Paul Fairchild, WR Michael Timpson, CB Vincent Donelson, TE Zeke Mowatt, OT Jon Melander on IR.
RAIDERS: Reclaimed QB Vince Evans and DB Elvis Patterson; put starting T Bruce Wilkerson and WR Mike Alexander on IR.
RAMS: Claimed CB Mickey Sutton from Bills; put CB Darryl Henley, CB Jerry Gray, LB Larry Kelm on IR.
SAINTS: Placed rookie TE Charles Arbuckle on IR; claimed NT Pat Swoopes from Redskins.
SEAHAWKS: Waived P Ruben Rodriguez, RB Elroy Harris, KR Bobby Joe Edmonds, FB Chris McLemore, LB Jamie Kimmel, PK Teddy Garcia, TE Robert Tyler, DE Jethro Franklin, WRs John Ford and Terry Obee; put LB Dave Wyman, S R.J. Kors, G Warren Wheat on IR.