49ers sets sights on RB Hampton

February 28, 1996|By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Running back Rodney Hampton's days as a New York Giant are numbered, if the San Francisco 49ers get their way.

The 49ers intend to sign Hampton to a huge offer sheet, perhaps as early as today and no later than Friday. Indications are San Francisco is putting together a $15 million deal, which the Giants would have seven days to match.

Hampton's agent, Ralph Cindrich, and 49ers vice president Dwight Clark began negotiating before Hampton's visit Monday to the 49ers' headquarters.

Talks intensified yesterday after the 49ers became convinced that Hampton wanted to play for them.

The 49ers are expected to offer the Giants' all-time leading rusher a six-year, $15 million contract with a signing bonus between $3 million and $3.5 million.

Giants management has indicated it wants to keep Hampton, named a transition player two weeks ago, and will match anything not outrageous.

"I don't have anything to say about Rodney Hampton," Giants GM George Young said.

Hampton, who turns 27 on April 3, has turned in five straight 1,000-yard seasons. He would be a good fit for the 49ers, 23rd in rushing last year after failing to match the Eagles' $6.9 million offer sheet to Ricky Watters.

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