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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Young given more time to decide
Denver CO Rocky Mountain News 1Jun00 S2
By Lynn DeBruin: Denver Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- Faced with an impending deadline for his decision about retirement or playing elsewhere, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young scrambled. The 38-year-old star signed a waiver to delay payment of a $1 million roster bonus until June 10th, effectively giving himself until then to make his decision. If he decides to play, the 49ers are expected to release him because of salary-cap restraints.

While the 49ers hope that Young will choose to retire, Young evidently hasn't made up his mind. In addition, he is traveling until next week for various charity functions, and decided he needed more time to make his decision. 49ers coach Steve Mariucci says that's understandable, "Steve deserves to have ample time to make his decision. He certainly deserves to be here if any decision is made one way or another," he told the Rocky Mountain News on Wednesday.

While the 49ers coach says he can't reveal details of his conversation with Young, he did say that Young passed recent neurological tests "with flying colors." "Clinically, he is normal," Mariucci said. "If we can consider Steve Young normal, then he is normal."

But Mariucci adds that Young hasn't been given a physical by the 49ers medical staff and hasn't been "cleared" to play in San Francisco. He admits it is possible that the 49ers might not clear him, while other teams may, but says that hasn't yet occurred, "We have not taken that posture. We just are continually discussing it," he said.


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