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The Cincinnati Bengals say they have reached agreement with Pr

July 30, 1987

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) _ The Cincinnati Bengals say they have reached agreement with Pro Bowl running back James Brooks on a new, two-year contract.

The Bengals said they expected to sign Brooks to the contract Thursday evening when he and other veteran players were due to report to the team’s preseason training camp at Wilmington College.

Brooks, 28, a veteran of six National Football League seasons with San Diego and Cincinnati, set two Bengals’ team records when he rushed for 1,087 yards and collected 1,773 total yards last season. He also led the Bengals in rushing in 1985, when he amassed 929 yards.

He had been entering the option year on his old contract, which would have paid him a reported $357,000 this season. Under his new contract, the Bengals will pay Brooks a salary in the neighborhood of the team’s two highest-paid players, wide receiver Cris Collinsworth ($450,000) and quarterback Boomer Esiason ($400,000), The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday.

The contract is for two years, plus an option year, the Enquirer reported.

The Bengals are still described as being far apart in their stalled contract negotiations with Anthony Munoz, who has been in the Pro Bowl the past six years and is considered one of the NFL’s premier offensive linemen. He was paid $275,000 in 1986, but reportedly wants a salary in the neighborhood of $500,000 this season.

Now a free agent, Munoz said he did not plan to report to camp with the other veterans. The 278-pound tackle, drafted by Cincinnati in 1980 from the University of Southern California, has not missed a regular or postseason game in six years.

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