DENVER (AP) _ The tampering issue surrounding Steve Young and the Denver Broncos is closed.

San Francisco 49ers general manager Bill Walsh said Thursday the NFL ``indicated there is no reason to explore this situation and we certainly accept their dictates.''

On Wednesday, Walsh said the 49ers had been contacted by the NFL about the Broncos' possibly contacting the quarterback even though he is still under contract. The NFL prohibits teams from having any contact with players under contract to another team.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Wednesday the league was not watching the Broncos. ``There is no Steve Young issue that we are monitoring,'' Aiello said.

The 49ers issued a news release Thursday, with Walsh saying: ``We feel it was unfortunate we brought the National Football League into this matter. ... As far as the San Francisco 49ers are concerned it's a closed matter.''

There has been widespread speculation that Denver coach Mike Shanahan would like to acquire Young, a two-time NFL MVP. Young, 38, has been considering his future in football after a series of concussions.

49ers officials have said their doctors must clear Young before he returns to action.