Wednesday, September 15, 1999

Jets sign Sawyer to one-year deal




BY GEOFF HOBSON
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cornerback Corey Sawyer had a question Tuesday after the Jets signed him to a one-year deal for the minimum $400,000, eight days after the Bengals cut him.

        “How come I can't play for the Bengals but a Super Bowl contender is trying to work me into the nickel (defense)?” Sawyer asked. “I'm moving on. I hope the guys who I know do well, and I have a lot of feelings for (Bengals head coach) Bruce Coslet, (secondary coach) Ray Horton and (defensive coordinator) Dick LeBeau.”

        Sawyer said some Bengals told him the move to cut him sparked an argument between Coslet and the man Sawyer believes never liked him as a player, Bengals President Mike Brown. About six hours before he was cut, Sawyer was at Spinney Field watching film, and Horton and LeBeau apparently had no idea he was about to be cut.

        Sawyer knows he struggled in the exhibition season, but “a lot of it was because I knew I couldn't make a mistake. I knew they were looking for a reason to put (rookie Charles) Fisher in there and that I had to be almost perfect. ... The Jets told me they don't care what my time is in the 40 (yard dash). They know I can make plays.”

        Sawyer said he told Jets coach Bill Parcells he didn't care if he got in his face because he knows he just wants to win. Parcells then asked him if he can still return punts, and Sawyer expects to be fielding some at today's practice.

        “I'm just so happy,” Sawyer said. “I guess the Bengals want to look to the future, but after 10 years of losing you've got to stop it one of these years.”

       



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