Raiders get Dickerson for two picks

April 27, 1992|By Vito Stellino

The Indianapolis Colts conducted a fire sale for running back Eric Dickerson yesterday.

Five years after they gave up three first-round picks, three second-round choices and two running backs for Dickerson, the Colts traded him on draft day to the Los Angeles Raiders for fourth- and eighth-round picks.

When the Colts made the Dickerson trade on Halloween night in 1987, they thought they got a treat. Instead, Dickerson turned out to be a trick for them. He was a short-term fix, but hurt them in the long run, as the Colts collapsed to 1-15 last season. After rushing for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons for the Los Angeles Rams, Dickerson extended the streak in 1987 and his first two full seasons with the Colts. The past two seasons, he rushed for 677 and 536 yards.

Robert Irsay, the Colts owner, said of the Dickerson trade: "I feel very good. Eric's happy and I'm happy. He wanted to be a Hollywood boy, so we sent him back to Hollywood. Eric loves California, and that's where he belongs."

Dickerson led the Colts to only one playoff game -- which they lost to the Cleveland Browns in 1987 -- and was involved in many controversies with the team. Last year, he was suspended by interim coach Rick Venturi after Venturi said he refused to practice.

Dickerson said: "I'm happy and relieved. It's almost like getting drafted all over again. I've always wanted to be a part of the Raiders' organization, and I really just want to have a chance to go out and win a Super Bowl."

Dickerson apparently took a cut in his $2.3 million salary for this season.

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