Originally created 05/02/00

Cowboys' Smith ready to run

Charlie Williams, who started eight games at cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys last season, re-signed with the team Monday.

Williams, who signed a one-year contract, will compete for a starting job and also plays special teams.

Also Monday, running back Emmitt Smith returned from his honeymoon in time for the start of a four-day quarterback school, which includes most of the offense. Smith had an excused absence from the weekend's full-squad, three-day minicamp.

Former Tennessee linebacker Barron Wortham, cut for salary cap reasons after the team signed Randall Godfrey from Dallas, visited Cowboys headquarters Monday. Wortham was Tennessee's starting middle linebacker in the Super Bowl.


Receiver Peter Warrick, the former Florida State All-American, has decided on two agents to represent him in contract negotiations with the Cincinnati Bengals. Norm Nixon and Jim Gould are forming a partnership to represent the first-round draft pick.

Nixon has represented players in other sports, including Jalen Rose of the Indiana Pacers, but has had only a handful of NFL players as clients. Gould, based in Cincinnati, has dealt with the Brown family, which runs the Bengals, many times on player contracts.

Last year, first-round draft pick Akili Smith missed virtually all of training camp in a contract impasse. The Bengals have a history of tough negotiations with top picks, leading to holdouts.


Bobby Grier, whose "grocery shopping" led to the departures of New England Patriots coaches Bill Parcells and Pete Carroll, was fired Monday by new head coach Bill Belichick.

"This is an unpleasant thing for me to do," said Belichick, who also released national scout Dave Uyrus in a restructuring of the player personnel department.

Grier, who spent 18 years with the team, won a draft day power struggle with Parcells in 1996 over the selection of wide receiver Terry Glenn, beginning a chain of events that would lead Parcells to go to the New York Jets.

Parcells took New England to the 1997 Super Bowl, but Patriots owner Bob Kraft balked at putting him in charge of player acquisition. Parcells left for total control of the Jets, saying, "If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries."

Although Belichick was hired in January, Kraft said he had not decided whether to invest his new coach with the total control that Parcells had sought. Now it appears that Belichick will have that authority.


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