PHOENIX -- Wide receiver Trumaine Johnson, the USFL's Receiver of the Year in 1983, has signed a 10-year, multi-million dollar contract with the Arizona Wranglers, according to a Phoenix newspaper.
The Phoenix Gazette reported Friday that Johnson's attorney, Andre Jackson, would not reveal the terms of the pact, but said, 'It makes him the highest-paid player at hisposition in professional football.'
'The numbers are astonishing,' Jackson said. 'When one of my friends saw them, he said, 'Those aren't football numbers, those are basketball numbers.''
The contract, which includes deferred payments, gives Johnson large signing and reporting bonuses, with the reporting bonus clause containing an annuity similar to that obtained by Los Angeles Express quarterback Steve Young.
The signing also ends national speculation that Johnson had signed a 'future contract with the San Diego Chargers, who own his National Football League rights.
The newspaper also reported that the Wranglers signed former Arizona State tight end Ron Wetzel, who played last year with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, and free-agent punter Mike Saxon, who led the nation in punting in 1983 at San Diego State.