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July 15, 1994

SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) _ The Atlanta Falcons signed wide receiver Ricky Sanders to a one-year contract Friday, three months after voiding a longer and more lucrative contract because of a shoulder injury.

The team would not disclose details of the new contract, but The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said it is believed to include a base salary at or near the NFL veteran minimum of $162,500, plus a package of performance incentives.

The 5-foot-11, 178-pound wide receiver played for the Washington Redskins for eight seasons, and had his best seasons in 1987 and 1988, when he caught 73 and 80 passes for over 1,000 yards each year. Last year, he led the Redskins with 58 catches for 638 yards with four touchdowns and has a career total of 414 receptions.

In the 1988 Super Bowl, he set what was then a record with 193 receiving yards, a record broken the next year by San Francisco’s Jerry Rice.

The Falcons originally signed the 31-year-old Sanders to a two-year, $2 million contract April 20, but it was voided when doctors discovered a shoulder injury during a routine physical examination.

Falcon officials seem confident the shoulder will not hinder Sanders’ performance.

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