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*Neon Deion
says yes to
$1.1M offer
from 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -
As Deion Sanders sees it, this could be
the start of a beautiful relationship. The
San Francisco 49ers certainly hope so.
One of the NFL's premier corner-
backs, Sanders ended his free-agent
tour by rejecting several more lucrative
offers in favor of aone-year, $1.1 mil-
lion contract with the 49ers. The deal,
*signed yesterday, includes $750,000 in
tincentives.
"I think everybody understands the
expectations for this club and that's
why we wanted Deion tojoin us," said
San Francisco coach George Seifert.
Sanders, a three-time Pro Bowler in
five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons,
will receive $500,000 in incentives if
heplaysin a49ers'NFC championship
ame victory, and the remaining
,250,000 if San Francisco wins the
Super Bowl and he plays in the game.
"Winning was a factor and I know
we're going to win in San Francisco,"
Sanders said. "They've won four Su-
per Bowls. I'm here to make it five.
"I think the tradition the San Fran-
cisco49ers exemplify, they don't come
second to anything and that'sjust where
I want to finish up-first. I really don't
*feel like there could beabetterrelation-
ship."
"They signed Deion Sanders. I don't
know who else they signed," he said. "I
mean, I'm going to do what I was
blessed to do. I might not high step 60
yards; it might be 50 yards. ... I'm
going to go out there, play ball and have
a good time."
San Francisco (1-1) was the firstof
several NFL teams he visited after the
'baseball strike began Aug. 12. He was
playing outfield for theCincinnati Reds
until the walkout, and delayed signing
an NFL contract until the baseball sea-
son was canceled Wednesday.
Sanders also said he intended to
continue playing both baseball and foot-
ball after this season. He said the loss of
the baseball season was a huge blow,
- but added the players should continue
resisting the salary cap.
"I was on a playoff team and I
would very much liked to have contin-
ued that," Sanders said. "Buttheprob-
lem you see now with the salary cap in
football, it has really eliminated some
great players from the game. I don't
feel like the baseball players really
want to gothe sameroute, so we really
stood up for ourselves and we're still
Istandingup."
I think the tradition
the San Francisco
49ers exemplify, they
don't come second to
anything and that's
just where I want to
finish up - first. I
really don't feel like
there could be a better

relationship.'
-Deion Sanders
new 49ers cornerback
Sanders said he hoped to play in
Sunday's game against the Los Ange-
les Rams, but added, "We're going to
leave that up to the coach here," as he
patted Seifert on the back.
The 49ers signed former Pro Bowl
defensive end Charles Mann, who was
released by the Washington Redskins.
Waived werecornerback Adrian Hardy
and defensive tackle Artie Smith, both
s second-yearplayers.
Just two weeks ago, 49ers president
Carmen Policy said San Francisco
couldn't afford Sanders because ofsal-
ary-cap constraints. Policy said once
Sanders agreed to take a one-year offer
instead of a multiyear package, the
team jumped back into the bidding.
The 49ers got the money to bid for
Sanders by restructuring the contracts
of linebackers Gary Plummerand Ken
Norton and safety Tim McDonald, gain-
ing $1.3 million in salary cap room.
Sanders and Mann thus become the
sixth and seventh defensive free agents
added to the team. San Francisco ear-
lier added Norton, Plummer, Toi Cook,

Bunch inks contract with Raiders

Los Angeles Times
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Former
Michigan fullbackJarrod Bunch waited
a long time to hear he was a Los Ange-
les Raider. But he never expected to
hear it from a former teammate.
It was the night of the Raiders'
season opener at San Francisco. Bunch
was in Los Angeles with his girlfriend
but wasn't watching the game.
When the phone rang, it was
Bunch's close friend and former pro
and college teammate, receiver Chris
Calloway.
"Pack your bags," the New York
Giants' Calloway told Bunch.

Calloway, watching the game on
the East Coast, had just seen Raider
fullback Napoleon McCallum suffer a
season-ending leg injury.
Sure enough, Bunch officially be-
came a Raider Wednesday, signing a
one-year contract afterspending three
years with the Giants.
To make room for Bunch, 26, the
Raiders placed McCallum on the in-
jured-reserve list, officially ending his
season.
"It feels good," Bunch said.
"There's a saying that you haven't
played professional football until
you've played for the Raiders."

Bunch, who will back up fullback
Tom Rathman,didn't play muchat all
last season.
After being used almost exclu-
sively on special teams in 1991, his
rookie year, Bunch, a first-round
draft choice out of Michigan, got a
chance to play in 1992 and made the
most of it, rushing for 501 yards. He
averaged 4.8 yards per carry, sec-
ond best in the league.
But last season, he racked up most
of his yardage walking back and forth
to the trainer's room.
Bunch injured a knee, contracted
pneumonia and the whooping cough.

Deion Sanders rejected many larger offers in his search for a new team
before agreeing to a $1.1 million deal with San Francisco yesterday.

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