As the Falcons' three-day minicamp concluded yesterday, Coach Dan Reeves issued a deadline in the team's contract negotiations with RB Jamal Anderson.
Reeves and GM Harold Richardson spoke with Anderson's agent Thursday. The Falcons made what Reeves described as a final offer, giving Anderson until the opening of training camp at the end of this month to accept it.
"If it isn't done before training camp, then the offer's going to be off the table," Reeves said.
Anderson, due to be paid $2.6 million in the final year of his contract, led the NFC with 1,846 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns in 1998. A five-year veteran, Anderson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards the last three seasons. He and his agent are seeking a deal that includes a $10 million signing bonus.
BROWN PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Hall of Fame football star Jim Brown pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges related to a violent argument with his wife in June.
Brown, who set NFL rushing and scoring records for the Browns in the 1960s, faces one count of making terroristic threats and one count of vandalism. Brown was arrested June 15 after his wife, Monique Brown, called police.
TRIAL STAYS PUT: A judge denied a prosecutor's request to move the rape trial of 49ers reserve QB Jim Druckenmiller out of the community in which he was a Virginia Tech football hero.
Druckenmiller will stand trial July 19 in Montgomery County Circuit Court, one week before he is scheduled to report to the 49ers training camp, Judge Ray W. Grubbs ruled.
Druckenmiller is accused of forcing sex upon a Virginia Tech student who passed out in a bed at a party in Blacksburg in March.
MURPHY SIGNS: Rob Murphy, an all-American offensive lineman at Ohio State, signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Bengals. Contract terms weren't disclosed.