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University of Nevada-Las Vegas quarterback Randall Cunning

May 7, 1985

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) _ University of Nevada-Las Vegas quarterback Randall Cunningham says he would like to play for the Philadelphia Eagles but they must come up with a deal ″acceptable to me, my family and my agent.″

Meanwhile, agent Jim Steiner says the deal offered Cunningham by Tampa Bay Bandits owner John Bassett is as good as that offered the top eight or nine National Football League draft picks last year.

Cunningham has not signed a contract with the United States Football League, but has simply given Bassett the right to match any offer by the Eagles, Steiner said Monday.

The Eagles picked Cunningham in the second round of last week’s NFL draft. He was the first quarterback selected in the draft.

The Eagles have said they will not get into a bidding war with Bassett over Cunningham.

Steiner refused to reveal Bassett’s offer to Cunningham. But he did say it was in the same range as the pact signed by Colgate quarterback Steve Calabria, who reportedly has signed a four-year contract with the new league estimated at $2.7 million.

Cunningham said Monday that the draft presented a real problem for him.

″For the first time in my life, I felt as though I didn’t know what to do,″ said Cunningham. ″Coming out of high school I knew I was going to UNLV, but from there, it was up in the air. Steiner took care of all the ‘ifs’ for me. This whole thing was a tough decision because it’s the last step in my football life.″

Steiner said he expected to reach a decision on Cunningham’s future plans by May 15.

Cunningham is assured of financial security whether he plays with the Eagles, the Bandits, a new league Bassett is proposing or the Canadian Football League, Steiner said.

″Naturally, I’d like to play for the Eagles,″ said Cunningham. ″They’re a good organization and I’ve got nothing against them or the Bandits. But they (the Eagles) have to come to terms that are acceptable to me, my family and my agent.″

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