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December 14, 1961


• Scotty Stirling of the Tribune reported that quarterback Roman Gabriel had turned down a contract offer from the Raiders for three years and $95,000 to play with the Rams

• Stirling also reported that the Raiders had offered him in trade to the Texans, who offered him a four-year deal good for $170,000, and Gabriel turned that down as well

• He also reported that the winning deal from the Rams had included $50,000 in salary and benefits


• The team signed their 3rd-round redshirt pick from the 1961 draft, defensive lineman Joe Novsek out of the University of Tulsa

• The Colts had also selected him as a redshirt pick last year, in the 4th round

• The team signed free agent guard/linebacker Joel Walenta, also from Tulsa

Injury Updates

• Cornerback Bob Garner pulled a muscle in practice and would miss the Oilers game on the 17th

• Receiver Charley Fuller, who also pulled a muscle on the same play, was questionable for the game

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