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Monday, March 30, 2015

Pacific Division Poll '88

'88 Chronology-Pacific Preview

Event Date: February 16th, 1988

Event Description: Pacific Division Preview

Source: PFW

Denver Gold

1987 Record: 7-11

Owner: R. Douglas Spedding

Stadium: Mile High    

Avg. Attendance: 38,679

Head Coach: Mouse Davis

General Manager: Richard L. Nathan

Key players: QB Vince Evans, RB Earnest Anderson, RB Tony Boddie, WR Marc Lewis, OL John Yarno, OG Walt Downing, DL Bruce Thornton, LB Willie Pless, DB Nate Miller, DB David Martin, S-KR Rufus Bess.

New players: K Jeff Brockhaus (NFL-San Francisco ’87), RB Tony Boddie (NFL-Denver ’87), WR Willie Gillespie (NFL-Minnesota ’87), OC Jack Peavey (NFL-Denver ’87), LB Bill Roe (NFL-New Orleans ‘87), DB Rufus Bess (NFL-Minnesota ’87). 

Outlook: Could be the team to beat in the Pacific.

1988 Prediction: 11-7 1st place 

Arizona Wranglers

1987 Record: 9-9

Owner: Tatham-Allen & Associates

Stadium: Sun Devil    

Avg. Attendance: 28,549

Head Coach: Frank Kush

General Manager: George Allen

Key players: QB Rick Neuheisel,  RB Willard Reaves, WR John Jefferson, TE Mark Keel, HB Gordon Hudson, LB Ed Smith, LB Greg Battle, LB Pete Noga, CB Warren Hanna.

New players: QB Rick Neuheisel (NFL-San Diego ’87), RB Willard Reaves (CFL-Winnipeg ’87), WR Clarence Collins (NFL-St.Louis ’87), OG John Stadnik (NFL-San Diego ’87), LB Pete Noga (NFL-St.Louis ’87), P Greg Cater (NFL-St.Louis ’87).

Outlook: The loss of Doug Williams to the NFL will have a big impact on the offense, however the addition of Willard Reaves from the CFL will help to offset.

1988 Prediction: 9-9 2nd place

Oakland Invaders

1987 Record: 10-8

Owner: Tad Taube

Stadium: Oakland Coliseum     

Avg. Attendance: 33,205

Head Coach: Charlie Sumner

General Manager: John Ralston

Key players: QB Fred Besana, RB Kenny King, WR Wes Howell, OL Terry Fransz, OL Reggie Irving, DE Monte Bennett, LB Tom Cousineau, DB Derrick Martin, DB David Greenwood.

New players: LB Tom Cousineau (NFL-San Francisco '87), RB Kenny King (CFL-Hamilton ’87), WR David Williams (NFL-Raiders ’87), OG Jon Zogg (NFL-Raiders ’87), OG Mark Cochran (NFL-San Francisco ’87).

Outlook: A veteran squad with a sprinkling of ex-NFLers like Kenny King and Tom Cousineau.

1988 Prediction: 8-10 3rd place

Portland Storm

1987 Record: Expansion Team

Owner: Fred Anderson

Stadium: Civic Stadium   

Avg. Attendance: TBD

Head Coach: June Jones

General Manager: Tom Fears

Key players: QB David Archer, RB Mike Oliphant*, RB Reggie Brown, WR Greg Moser, TE Ron Wheeler, OG Ron Coder, OG Louis Wong, NT Fred Nordgren, DE Dave Browning, DE Brad Anae, DB Rock Richmond, DB Lyndell Jones.

Outlook: General Manager Tom Fears and head coach June Jones have cobbled together a respectable roster. If David Archer is solid at quarterback then this team could surprise.

1988 Prediction: 6-12 4th place

Los Angeles Express

1987 Record: 6-12

Owner: Jay Roulier

Stadium: Coliseum    

Avg. Attendance: 21,665

Head Coach: Roman Gabriel

General Manager: Don Klosterman

Key players: QB Todd Santos*, RB Kevin Nelson, RB Craig Ellis, WR Duane Gunn, TE Mike Sherrod, OL Dave Otey, DL Ray Cattage, DT George Achica, LB Howard Carson, DB Alvin Burelson.

New players: WR Cliff Branch (NFL-L.A. Raiders ’85), QB Joe Paopao (CFL-Ottawa ’87), QB Bernard Quarles (NFL-L.A. Rams ’87), OG John Tautolo (L.A. Raiders ’87), OT Hank Goebel (NFL-L.A. Rams ’87), LB Kyle Borland (NFL-L.A. Rams ’87), DB Greg Williamson (NFL-L.A. Rams ’87).

Outlook: Starting from scratch here. A new head coach, rookie quarterback and some holes on defense could spell for a long season in Southern California.

1988 Prediction: 5-13 5th place

more to come......  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

'88 Chronology-Week #2 Preseason

Event Date: February 14th, 1988

Event Description: Preseason Scoreboard

Source: PFW 

Chicago vs. Los Angeles at Glendale, AZ (Express win 29-7)

Oakland at Arizona (Wranglers win 44-31)

Denver vs. Portland at Casa Grande, AZ (Gold win 21-17)

Birmingham vs New Orleans at Shreveport, LA (Stallions win 30-20)

Memphis at Houston (Gamblers win 33-3)

New Jersey at Orlando (Stars win 34-28)

Michigan at Jacksonville (Bulls win 40-21)

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (Bandits win 30-13) 

Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh at Daytona Beach, (Americans win 27-16)

For complete boxscores go here......

Saturday, March 28, 2015

'88 Chronology-Injury Mars Maulers Win

Event Date: February 8th, 1988

Event Description: Maulers Win Game, Lose Meyers

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Pittsburgh Maulers’ running back Eddie Meyers sustained what appeared to be a serious right knee injury in their first exhibition contest of the year. 

Meyer's leg bent unnaturally when he was tackled on the right knee after an incomplete pass. He immediately grabbed his knee and was soon carted off the field.

Pittsburgh coach Kay Stephenson said he didn't have a diagnosis on Meyer's injury, but that the team may have to prepare for the worst.

"It looked pretty bad, and I'm pretty sure he's going to be out for a while," Stephenson said, adding that he hadn't heard anything official the players status.

The Maulers defeated the Bandits by a score of 38-34. Scott Campbell led the team with 254 yards passing, and Joe Dudek ran for three scores. Tampa receiver Ken Joiner also was injured; leaving in the second quarter with a mild concussion. 

more to come......

Thursday, March 26, 2015

'88 Chronology-Week #1 Preseason

Event Date: February 7th, 1988

Event Description: Preseason Scoreboard

Source: PFW 

Chicago vs. Portland at Glendale, AZ (Blitz win 30-14)

Los Angeles vs. Arizona at Phoenix, AZ (Express win 30-13)

Denver vs. Oakland at Casa Grande, AZ (Gold win 35-10)

Birmingham vs Houston at San Antonio, TX (Stallions win 17-10)

Memphis vs New Orleans at Dallas, TX (Breakers win 23-21)

Philadelphia at Orlando (Stars win 34-28)

Baltimore at Jacksonville (Bulls win 20-13)

Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (Maulers win 38-34) 

Michigan vs. New Jersey at Deland, FL  (Generals win 30-20)

For complete boxscores go here......

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

'88 Chronology-Homecoming

Event Date: January 31st, 1988

Event Description: Maulers Trade Woodley

Source: Reading Eagle

The New Orleans Breakers announced on Friday that the team has released quarterback Wayne Peace but added former NFL pivot David Woodley to the roster via a trade with the Pittsburgh Maulers. The former Miami Dolphins player signed a two-year deal with the club.

Woodley (6'2", 210 lbs.) comes to New Orleans following a turbulent career in the NFL. The Shreveport native played for the LSU Tigers for three seasons, racking up 2,081 passing yards and another 829 rushing, while throwing just 8 touchdown passes. 

Woodley was selected in the eighth round (214th overall) by the Miami Dolphins in the 1980 NFL Draft. 

The seven-year veteran had his best moments at the professional level with the Dolphins. In four seasons in Miami, he started 40 games, amassing 5,928 passing yards and throwing 34 touchdown passes. He was eventually replaced as the starter after the emergence of Dan Marino. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1984. 

Before joining the Breakers, Woodley was just recently traded from Orlando to Pittsburgh. Woodley was deemed expendable with the Maulers’ recent signing of former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Scott Campbell.

more to come......

Monday, March 23, 2015

'88 Chronology-Syndication Situation

Event Date: January 27th, 1988

Event Description: USFL on RCA

Source: USFL League Office

Sunday, March 22, 2015

'88 Chronology-Bandits Open Camp

Event Date: January 24th, 1988

Event Description: Bandits Open Camp

Source: The Tampa News

'88 Chronology-Training Camps Open

Event Date: January 22nd, 1988

Event Description: Storm Ready Camp

Source: Eugene Register

The Portland Storm will open training camp on Sunday, January 24th in Arizona, in preparation for their first season in the U.S. Football League.

“We have been waiting for camp to start for a while now,” said Storm Head Coach June Jones. 

“The talent on our roster is outstanding and the camp competition will be extremely competitive. I am looking forward to seeing these guys in action and confident our team will be successful.” 

Training camp will take place for the three plus weeks prior to the season opener on February 21st, at 1:00 p.m. against the Philadelphia Stars. 

Players will report today and Saturday for physicals and meetings. Training camp will start Sunday and practices will be held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Arizona State University. Practices are open to the media and public.

more to come......

Thursday, March 19, 2015

'88 Chronology-Breakers Pursue Pivot

Event Date: January 21st, 1988
Event Description: Ex-Indian gets USFL Offer
Source: Times Picayune
The New Orleans Breakers of the United States Football League have submitted an offer to territorial draft pick quarterback Stan Humphries.
Howard Slusher, who represents Humphries, said: “Stan is from the Shreveport area and thus is very interested in the offer from the Breakers.”
Slusher said he expected Humphries, who played for both LSU and Louisiana-Monroe, to sign with the Breakers because the NFL has taken “a take it, or leave it approach to their contract offers, especially for players who are projected to go later in their college draft.” The NFL draft is slated for early May.
He said that Breakers’ owner Joseph Canizaro asked what Humphries wanted in his contract, and Slusher said a guaranteed $250,000 for two years. Canizaro has apparently agreed.
more to come......

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

'88 Chronology-Post-Draft Transactions

Event Date: January 14th-20th, 1988

Event Description: USFL Transactions

Source: League Office

BALTIMORE—Signed QB Scott Secules (Virginia), TE Steve Johnson (Virginia Tech), DB Carter Wiley (Virginia Tech), and WR Aziz Abdur-Ra’oof (Maryland).
MICHIGAN — Signed LB Tim Moore (Michigan St.), DT Mark Nichols (Michigan St.), and OL Glenn Derby (Wisconsin).
PITTSBURGH — Signed LB Zeke Gadsden (Pittsburgh).
PHILADELPHIA —Signed RB-DB Gordie Lockbaum (Holy Cross), DL Pete Curkendall (Penn State), OL John Driscoll (New Hampshire), and RB Tom Kelleher (Holy Cross).
NEW JERSEY— Signed QB Don McPherson (Syracuse), DB Ray Jackson (Ohio State), RB George Cooper (Ohio State), OL Henry Brown (Ohio State), DL Dave Nugent (Boston College), and TE Pat Kelly (Syracuse).
JACKSONVILLE —Signed LB John Brantley (Georgia), DL Albert Goss (Jackson State), DL Deatrich Wise (Jackson State), and DB Norman Floyd (South Carolina).
MEMPHIS — Signed LB Chris Gaines (Vanderbilt), and OL Tim Borcky  (Memphis).
ORLANDO —Signed QB Danny McManus (FSU), RB Mel Bratton (Miami), LB George Mira Jr. (Miami), LB Paul McGowan (FSU), and DB Corris Ervin (Central Florida).
TAMPA BAY —Signed QB Steve Slayden (Duke), DT Tony Stephens (Clemson), LB James Earle (Clemson), OG Bob Sims (Florida), LB Vincent Fizer (Southern), and K Tim Foley (Georgia Southern).
BIRMINGHAM—Signed FB Bo Wright (Alabama), TE Danta Whitaker (Mississippi Valley), WR J.R. Ambrose (Mississippi), DB Wendell Phillips (North Alabama), and OL Todd Irvin (Mississippi).
CHICAGO—Signed G-T Herb Wester (Iowa), DB Bobby Dawson (Illinois), and DB Eric Hickerson (Indiana).
HOUSTON—Signed RB Tony Jeffery (TCU), LB David Spradlin (TCU), OT Newt Harrell (West Texas A&M), and DT Artis Jackson (Texas Tech).
NEW ORLEANS—Signed WR Marc Zeno (LSU), OL R.C. Mullin (Louisiana Lafayette), and DL Johnny Carter (Grambling).
ARIZONA—Signed K Marty Zendejas (Nevada), RB Channing Williams (Arizona State) and LB Blake Peterson (Mesa).
DENVER—Signed DL Steve Kaufusi (BYU).
LOS ANGELES—Signed QB Todd Santos (San Diego State), DB Clarence Nunn (San Diego State), DB Harold Hicks (San Diego State), OL Dave Des Rouchers (San Diego State), LB Yepi Pauu (San Jose State), and WR Paco Craig (UCLA).
OAKLAND—Signed QB Mike Perez (San Jose State), DB Keith McCoy (Fresno State), WR Brian Bedford (California), OL Larry Clarkson (Montana) and DL Pat Foster (Montana).
PORTLAND— Signed RB-KR Mike Oliphant (Puget Sound), OT Owen Hooven (Oregon State), OT Rick McLeod (Washington) and WR Darryl Franklin (Washington).
more to come......

Saturday, March 14, 2015

'88 Free Agent Defensive Player Poll

'88 Chronology-Training Camp Schedule

'88 Chronology-Pre-Season Schedule

Event Date: January 12th, 1988

Event Description: Training Camp Schedule

Source: League Office


Pre-Season Exhibition Schedule

The 1988 United States Football League training camps will be held in Arizona, Florida, Texas and California.

The following teams will train in Arizona

Chicago, Denver, Arizona. Los Angeles, Oakland and Portland.

The following teams will train in Florida

Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Michigan, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

The following teams will train in Texas

Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, and Birmingham. 

Camps will open Friday, January 25th

Exhibition Games 

Week #1 (February 5th-6th)

Chicago vs. Portland (Glendale)
Denver vs. Oakland (Casa Grande)
Los Angeles vs. Arizona (Phoenix)

Birmingham vs Houston (San Antonio)
Memphis vs. New Orleans (Dallas)

Philadelphia at Orlando
Baltimore at Jacksonville 
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay
Michigan vs. New Jersey (Deland)

Week #2 (February 12th-13th)

Oakland at Arizona
Denver vs. Portland (Casa Grande)
Chicago vs. Los Angeles (Glendale)

Michigan at Jacksonville
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
New Jersey at Orlando
Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh (Daytona Beach)

Memphis at Houston
Birmingham vs. New Orleans (Shreveport)

About the United States Football League

The U.S. Football League is a professional football league which will play its season from late February through mid-July. 

The league will follow the David Dixon Model and will present quality professional football in the spring and summer months.

For Additional Information contact

Jim Byrne
Director of Communications
United States Football League
52 Vanderbilt Avenue

New York, N.Y.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

'88 Chronology-Territorial and Open College Drafts

Event Date: January 9th, 1988
Event Description: USFL Draft
Source: New York Times
Place and time - The Terrace Room of the Roosevelt Hotel, Madison Avenue and 45th Street, 10 A.M. today and 9 A.M. Sunday. 
Rounds and time limit - The 18 teams will have six minutes to make a selection in rounds 1 and 2, five minutes in rounds 3 through 5 and two minutes in rounds 6 through 10. 
Territorial rights- The franchises may make 10 territorial choices each.
Number of players - A total of 270 players will be chosen - 180 in the territorial phase, and 90 in the open phase. 
Draft order - The two expansion teams, Baltimore and Portland, will select at the beginning of each round, followed by the remaining 12 franchises, then the expansion franchises again in inverse order. 
A coin flip was held to determine the draft order for the two expansion teams, with Portland winning the first overall selection in round one.
The remaining franchises will draft in the following order: Pittsburgh, Orlando, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, New Jersey, Arizona, Oakland, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Birmingham, Houston, Michigan, New Orleans, and Memphis.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

'88 Free Agent RB Poll

'88 Chronology-Gregg takes the Helm

Event Date: January 7th, 1988

Event Description: Gregg Hired to Succeed Dotsch

Source: From Associated Press

Forrest Gregg, the former coach of the Green Bay Packers, was hired to replace former head man Rollie Dotsch on Saturday.

Gregg, 54, returns to the pro ranks, just two weeks after being fired in Green Bay. Rollie Dotsch resigned as coach so he could concentrate on regaining his health. The Stallions were 59-29 during the regular season under Dotsch.

"I never thought I would be coming back to pro football as quickly as this," Gregg said. "It's a great opportunity. The fans in Birmingham have high expectations, so we will need to deliver right away."

Asked why he kept most of the teams’ coaches, Gregg said: "There is a great sense of loyalty here in the USFL, that combined with the reality of taking this job late in the USFL off-season led to our decision.” 

“Continuity is key in pro football, and we didn’t want to disrupt things any more than they have to be. In addition, I think Hank (Kuhlmann) has one of the best offensive minds in the league and he understands the personnel here." Gregg said. 

"I think we will be very competitive again this year. We'll have a lot of veteran players who are hungry for a championship.”

Birmingham was 14-4 last year, but lost in the opening round of the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Terms of Gregg's contract were not disclosed.
Gregg's Coaching Career

Here's a glance at Forrest Gregg's coaching career in the NFL and the CFL:

1972-1973: San Diego Chargers -- Offensive Line

1974: Cleveland Browns -- Offensive Line

1975-1977: Cleveland Browns -- Head Coach

1979: Toronto Argonauts -- Head Coach

1980-1983: Cincinnati Bengals -- Head Coach

1984-1987: Green Bay Packers -- Head Coach

1988: Birmingham Stallions--Head Coach

more to come......

'88 Free Agent QB Poll

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

'88 Chronology-Bullish Insiders

Event Date: January 6th, 1988

Event Description: Bulls Promote Johnson

Source: Ocala Star-Banner

The Jacksonville Bulls named defensive coordinator Jim Johnson as their new head coach after accepting the resignation of Lindy Infante. 

Infante is leaving after accepting an offer to coach the Green Bay Packers, the U.S. Football League team confirmed on Monday. Johnson has been the defensive coordinator since 1985.

Team President Bill Cash told a news conference that the team “was disappointed to lose Lindy Infante to the NFL but we wish him the best in the future”.

Cash also confirmed that defensive line coach Charlie Davis would be promoted to defensive coordinator.

more to come......

Sunday, March 8, 2015

'88 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions-Pacific Division

Event Date: January 4th, 1988
Event Description: Off-Season Transactions
Source: League Office
ARIZONA WRANGLERS— Signed QB Rick Neuheisel (NFL-San Diego ’87), K Marty Zendejas (Nevada), RB Willard Reaves (CFL-Winnipeg ’87), OG John Stadnik (NFL-San Diego ’87), OL Greg Feasel (NFL-San Diego ’87), WR Clarence Collins (NFL-St. Louis ’87), WR Al Hill (Wranglers ’86), OL Tom Welter (NFL-St.Louis ’87), DL Mark Duda (NFL-St.Louis ’87), LB Pete Noga (NFL-St.Louis ’87), DB John Preston (NFL-St. Louis ’87), DB Edward Scott (NFL-St.Louis ’87), DB King Simmons (NFL-San Diego ’87), DB Ed Berry (NFL-San Diego ’87), P Greg Cater (NFL-St.Louis ’87);
granted free agency to RB Reggie Brown (NFL-Philadelphia), RB Mike Crawford (NFL-Cincinnati), RB-KR David Adams (NFL-Dallas), WR Eric Truvillion (NFL-Detroit), WR Alphonso Williams (NFL-San Diego), TE Mark Keel (NFL-Kansas City-Seattle), C Mike Katolin (NFL-Cincinnati), OG Alvin Powell (NFL-Seattle), DE Bob Clasby (NFL-St. Louis), CB Kelvin Middleton (NFL-Pittsburgh), DB Rock Richmond (NFL-Pittsburgh), S Selwyn Drain (CFL-Toronto), DB Lance Shields (CFL-Hamilton), P Case deBrujin;
rescinded rights to OG Mark Stevenson, DL Rickey Hagood, LB Vic Koenning, and DL Tom Gibson under terms of the Allocation Selection Draft;
re-signed RB Mike Crawford (NFL-Cincinnati ’87), RB-KR David Adams (NFL-Dallas ’87), WR Alphonso Williams (NFL-San Diego), TE Mark Keel (NFL-Kansas City-Seattle);
acquired DL Tom Gibson from Portland in return for future considerations;
acquired the rights to RB Willard Reaves from Birmingham in exchange for a second round draft pick in 1988;
waived RB Vince Amoia;

DENVER GOLD— Signed K Jeff Brockhaus (NFL-San Francisco ’87), RB Tony Boddie (NFL-Denver ’87), WR Willie Gillespie (NFL-Minnesota ’87), OC Jack Peavey (NFL-Denver ’87), OG Ted Million (NFL-Minnesota ’87), G-T Kevin Belcher (NFL-Denver ’87), DL Bill Lobenstein (NFL-Denver ’87), LB Bill Roe (NFL-New Orleans ’87), DB Rufus Bess (NFL-Minnesota ’87), DB Andre Thomas (NFL-Minnesota ’87);
granted free agency to K Vince Abbott (NFL-San Diego), RB Lakei Heimuli (NFL-Chicago), TE Ron Wheeler (NFL-Raiders/CFL-Calgary), SB Ron W. Brown (NFL-St. Louis), WR Jay Dobyns, OL Greg Feasel (NFL-San Diego), DE Calvin Turner (NFL-Tampa Bay), DE Bobby Jurasin (CFL-Saskatchewan), LB Bruce Klosterman (NFL-Denver), CB David Martin (NFL-Buffalo), DB Bret Clark (NFL-Atlanta), DB Andre Thomas (NFL-Minnesota); 
rescinded rights to OG Louis Wong, DL Brad Anae, DB Steve Trimble, and DT Chris Pike under terms of the Allocation Selection Draft;
re-signed SB Ron W. Brown (NFL-St. Louis ’87), DB Andre Thomas (NFL-Minnesota ’87), CB David Martin (NFL-Buffalo ’87);

LOS ANGELES EXPRESS—Fired head coach John Hadl, named Roman Gabriel new head coach;
Signed WR Cliff Branch (NFL-L.A. Raiders ’85), QB Joe Paopao (CFL-Ottawa ’87), QB Bernard Quarles (NFL-L.A. Rams ’87), OG John Tautolo (L.A. Raiders ’87), OT Hank Goebel (NFL-L.A. Rams ’87), LB Kyle Borland (NFL-L.A. Rams ’87), LB Neil Hope (NFL-L.A. Rams ’87), DB Greg Williamson (NFL-L.A. Rams ’87);
granted free agency to QB Rick Neuheisel (NFL-San Diego), QB Damon Allen (CFL-Edmonton), WR Wade Lockett (NFL-Raiders), RB Craig Ellis (NFL-Raiders), WR Malcolm Moore (NFL-Rams), OC Greg Loberg (NFL-New Orleans), OC Joe Goebel (NFL-San Diego), OG Wayne Jones (NFL-Minnesota), OG Steve Cisowski (NFL-Dallas), OG Doug Aronson (NFL-Cincinnati), OT Dan Doubiago (NFL-Kansas City), LB Greg Storr (NFL-Miami), LB Brent Moore (NFL-Green Bay), DB Wymon Henderson (NFL-Minnesota), DB Edward Scott (NFL-St.Louis), S Troy West (NFL-Philadelphia), S Junior Thurman (NFL-New Orleans);
rescinded rights to WR Rick Moser, LB Danny Rich, DT Ron McLean, and WR Cormac Carney under terms of the Allocation Selection Draft;
re-signed RB Craig Ellis (NFL-Raiders), WR Wade Lockett (NFL-Raiders ’87), WR Malcolm Moore (NFL-Rams), OC Joe Goebel (NFL-San Diego ’87), OG Doug Aronson (NFL-Cincinnati ’87), OG Wayne Jones (NFL-Minnesota), LB Brent Moore (NFL-Green Bay ’87) , S Junior Thurman (NFL-New Orleans);
placed QB Vince Ferragamo on Reserve-Retired List;

OAKLAND INVADERS— Signed RB Kenny King (CFL-Hamilton ’87), QB Jeff Tedford (CFL-Saskatchewan ’87), WR David Williams (NFL-Raiders ’87), OG Mark Cochran (NFL-San Francisco ’87), OL Tracy Franz (NFL-San Francisco ’87), OG Jon Zogg (NFL-Raiders ’87), NT Rick Ackerman (NFL-Raiders ’87), DL Dan McMillen (NFL-Raiders ’87), LB Jim Ellis (NFL-Raiders ’87), LB Tom Cousineau (NFL-San Francisco ’87), LB Ron Hadley (NFL-San Francisco ’87);
granted free agency to QB Brent Pease (NFL-Houston), RB Tony Cherry (NFL-San Francisco), RB Anthony Mosley (NFL-Chicago), WR Ron Smith, OT Steve Wright (NFL-L.A. Raiders), OT Tom Neville (NFL-Green Bay), OC Tom Turnure (USFL-Michigan), DE Monte Bennett (NFL-San Diego), DE Doug Hollie (NFL-Seattle), DE Carl Sullivan (NFL-Green Bay), DL Greg Ramsey (NFL-Seattle), LB-DE Fred Robinson (CFL-Winnipeg), LB Carlton Rose (NFL-Washington), DB Derrick Martin (NFL-San Francisco);
rescinded rights to DE Tony Leiker,  OG Randy Van Divier, DE Dave Browning, and LB Joe Kakowski under terms of the Allocation Selection Draft;
re-signed DE Monte Bennett (NFL-San Diego ’87), DB Derrick Martin (NFL-San Francisco), DE Carl Sullivan (NFL-Green Bay ’87), DL Greg Ramsey (NFL-Seattle ’87), DB Derrick Martin (NFL-San Francisco);
placed QB David Humm on Reserve-Retired List;

PORTLAND STORM— Named June Jones head coach;
Signed QB Jim Zorn (NFL-Tampa Bay ’87), QB David Archer (NFL-Atlanta ’87), QB Gale Gilbert (NFL-Seattle ’86), RB Reggie Brown (NFL-Philadelphia ’87), RB Mike Hagen (NFL-Seattle ’87), RB Ray Crouse (CFL-British Columbia ’87), RB Tony Burse (NFL-Seattle ’87), WR Ned Armour (CFL-British Columbia ’87), WR Jimmy Teal (NFL-Seattle ’87), TE Ron Wheeler (CFL-British Columbia ’87), OG Ron Coder (USFL-Panthers ’87), G-C Garth Thomas (NFL-Seattle ’87), T-G Dan Hurley (CFL-British Columbia ’87), DE David Graham (NFL-Seattle ’87), NT Fred Nordgren (NFL-Tampa Bay ’87), DB Lyndell Jones (NFL-Atlanta ’87), DB Renard Young (NFL-Seattle ’87), DB Harvey Allen (NFL-Seattle ’87), P Case deBrujin (Wranglers ’87), K Dean Dorsey (CFL-Ottawa ’87);
traded RB Leon Perry and C-T Todd Thomas to New Jersey for draft considerations and a player to be named later;
traded FB-TE Mark Rush and RB Garland Jean-Batiste to Tampa Bay in exchange for LB Juan Castillo;
traded RB Mike Hagen to Houston for a #3 pick in the 1988 college draft;
traded DL Tom Gibson to Arizona in return for future considerations; 
acquired rights to DB Rock Richmond from Pittsburgh for draft and cash considerations;

waived LB Tommy Moffitt, RB Marvin Lewis and WR Mike Shumann.
more to come...