Tremain Mack, a kick returner and defensive back who landed in jail last season because of drunken-driving arrests, signed a new two-year contract yesterday with the Bengals.

The Bengals, who drafted Mack in the fourth round in 1997 from Miami, reinstated him two weeks ago. NFL officials still have not said whether he will face league discipline -- which could involve a suspension -- because of his alcohol problems.

Mack was primarily a kick returner last season before missing the final four games because of his latest drunken-driving arrest. He served jail time for a probation violation and has been undergoing an NFL-mandated alcohol evaluation program.

MVP: Former Rams RB Lawrence Phillips was named NFL Europe's offensive most valuable player after setting league records with 1,021 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

Phillips, whose Barcelona Dragons will face the Frankfurt Galaxy in the World Bowl on Sunday in Dusseldorf, Germany, went to play in Europe after a troubled stint in the NFL that ended with his release by the Dolphins.

SIGNING: The Cowboys acquired WR James McKnight from the Seahawks and owner Jerry Jones insisted he made the deal to complement Michael Irvin, not to replace him. McKnight, who cost the Cowboys a third-round pick in next year's draft, is signed for this season and next. He'll count $800,000 against this year's salary cap and $1 million in 2000.