Gus Frerotte agreed to terms with the Vikings, ending their search for a veteran backup to QB Daunte Culpepper.

Frerotte joins his fifth team and enters his 10th NFL season. He spent last year with the Bengals, completing 44 of 85 passes for 437 yards, a touchdown and five interceptions in four games.

Frerotte replaces Todd Bouman, who was traded to New Orleans for a sixth-round pick. Shaun Hill, a rookie last year from Maryland, is the No. 3 quarterback.

Frerotte, who has started 62 career games, had his best seasons with Washington from 1995 to '97. He passed for 3,453 yards in 1996 and threw 17 touchdown passes in 1997.

* DYSON TO PANTHERS: Free agent WR Kevin Dyson agreed to a one-year contract with the Panthers. Dyson, who left the Titans after five seasons, joins Ricky Proehl in a revamped Carolina receiving corps. Proehl, a former Ram, signed a three-year deal Monday.

Already this offseason, the Panthers have signed RB Stephen Davis, QB Jake Delhomme and OL Doug Brzezinski.

* BEATHARD STAYS WITH FALCONS: Bobby Beathard has agreed to serve as a consultant to the Falcons for another season.

Beathard, a former Redskins and Chargers GM, has worked as a consultant since April. Owner Arthur Blank said Beathard will stay with the Falcons through May 2004. . . .

Meantime, the Falcons wanted a new logo to reflect a team working aggressively to change its image. So they unveiled a new logo, with new uniforms due next month.

"The majority of people we talked to liked the idea of a digital, futuristic bird in flight," said Executive VP of Marketing Dick Sullivan. "They thought the falcon should be in attack mode, just like our team."

The uniform change will be the fifth in the Falcons' 37-year history.

-- From News Services