Sanders will join Ravens Wednesday, report says

Club officials: Cornerback has not notified team

August 28, 2004|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

It appears that Prime Time has decided it's better late than never in joining the Ravens.

Without citing sources, Fox Sports reported on its Web site last night that flamboyant cornerback Deion Sanders will end his three-year retirement and report to the Ravens on Wednesday.

Ravens officials said they had not been notified of Sanders' decision as of last night. The team had hoped that Sanders would arrive on Monday, ease into drills for a few days and possibly play a few snaps in the Sept. 2 preseason finale against the New York Giants.

Sanders, 37, has been working out twice a day at his home outside Dallas and recently went up against former Pro Bowl receiver Tony Martin. Personal trainer Tom Shaw, who oversaw these workouts, told ESPN last night that Sanders was "definitely coming back" and clocked him running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.

Considered one of the greatest cornerbacks in NFL history, Sanders would play a reserve role with the Ravens as their nickel back (fifth defensive back). His addition would address the biggest need on a vaunted Ravens defense.

It is believed that a chance to win a third Super Bowl ring and play alongside two of his closer friends, linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Corey Fuller, initially got Sanders interested in making a comeback. Plus, it would give Sanders an opportunity to get back into the spotlight after his television career fell apart this year.

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