Reggie White Comes Out of Retirement

S P A R T A N B U R G, S.C., July 22, 2000 -- Reggie White, the NFL’s career sacks leader, agreed in principle Friday with the Carolina Panthers to come out of retirement and play again this season.

“We’ve got most of it worked out,” White said outside of the Panthers’ training camp facility. “Hopefully it will all be done by Monday.”

White, 38, met with Panthers all day today. He passed a physical in Charlotte, then traveled the 80 miles to training camp for a workout and a meeting with coach George Seifert.

His agent, Jimmy Sexton, said several procedural issues still needed to be worked out with the Panthers, and the Green Bay Packers still had to release him. Because White had one year left on his contract with the Packers when he retired after the 1998 season, they still hold his rights.

Still Has Paperwork to Complete

Sexton said the deal with Carolina was worked out after the NFL’s 4 p.m. deadline for the Packers to release him. He said he expected all the formalities to be taken care over the weekend and would be “shocked” if White wasn’t in uniform Monday morning.

The deal is a five-year contract worth about $20 million with several performance incentives based on Carolina’s defensive improvement.

The Panthers’ defense ranked 26th in the league last year and had only 35 sacks. White has 192½ sacks in 14 seasons.

Adding White was Seifert’s latest attempt to bolster the defensive line. White will join newcomers Chuck Smith from Atlanta and Jay Williams from St. Louis to add quarterback pressure.

“I just felt that this was the right opportunity,” White said. “I think we can do something here and I can make a difference.”