Did anyone else hear about this? If not, here's the article...
49ers sign former Heisman winner Salaam
May 28, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers signed Heisman Trophy-winning running back Rashaan Salaam, who hasn't played in the NFL in four years.
Salaam, who won the Heisman in 1994 with Colorado, signed with the 49ers on Wednesday after impressing the team at a minicamp earlier in the month.
He has been released by four NFL teams in the past four years. Salaam rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns during his rookie season with the Chicago Bears, but he was bothered by injuries for the next three seasons.
Salaam played for the Memphis Maniax during the XFL's only season in 2001, but he hasn't played in the NFL since 1999, getting into two games with the Cleveland Browns.
"Hopefully he'll get a chance and take advantage of it," 49ers coach Dennis Erickson said. "He's a good athlete!"
I can't believe the 49ers made this move... but since they did, it has to make you wonder if they feel he could compete for more than just a roster spot. I don't see how he could with both Hearst and Barlow still there and Robertson, the MVP from NFL Europe too! Hmmm... what's everyone elses opinion on this?[/u]