Cobras Take Free Agent Hit; WR/LB White Signs With Chicago
Posted January 14, 2002 1:52 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Cobras took their second free agent hit Monday as wide receiver/linebacker Cornelius White inked a free agent deal with the second-year Chicago Rush. Earlier this off-season, the Cobras lost fullback-linebacker Jason Bratton to the Buffalo Destroyers.
White (6-0, 190, Virginia Tech) holds a number of Cobras career records and is the only player to have participated in all 28 of Cobras' games over the past two seasons.
Originally a fifth round (10th overall) selection from the Albany Firebirds in the 2000 dispersal draft, White has been a true Ironman during his two-year career in Carolina. He was named team Ironman in 2000 after leading the team in receiving and tackles, and owns Carolina career records for points (182), touchdowns (30), receptions (95), receiving yards (1,342), receiving touchdowns (27) and tackles (95).
Last season, he finished second on the team with 51 catches for 585 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with 40 tackles and a pair of interceptions on defense. Although the Cobras would have liked to keep the services of White for the 2002 season, Carolina inked AFL all-star free agent WR/LB Cory Fleming (Nashville Kats, 1997-2001) and former NFL wide receiver Chris Doering to fill the void.
In other off-season news, Chicago also claimed FB/LB Kevin Jefferson off waivers. Jefferson (6-1, 245, Lehigh) was released by the Cobras last week. He played in four games for Carolina last season and rushed for 21 yards and two scores. He also added a pair of tackles and two sacks on defense.
Training camp is set to kickoff on March 24. Carolina opens the preseason on Friday, March 29 with a visit to the San Jose SaberCats. The Cobras conclude their preseason slate on Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m. with a home game against White and the Rush at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Carolina opens the 2002 regular season against the expansion Dallas Desperados on Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. at the ESA.