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Raiders Sign Former Cardinal Lorenzo Lynch As a Free Agent

March 9, 1996

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Free agent safety Lorenzo Lynch _ released because the Arizona Cardinals had salary cap problems _ was signed Friday by the Oakland Raiders.

Terms of the contract were not announced.

Lynch played six seasons with the Cardinals and three with the Chicago Bears.

Lynch, 31, was a starter at safety for the Cardinals for 12 league games in 1995, and ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 79. He added one sack and one interception last season, returning it 72 yards for a game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks.

In 1994, Lynch started 15 games for the Cardinals, posting a career-high 140 tackles and two interceptions.

``I am thrilled to be coming home to play in front of my family and friends and for a team that I’ve grown up idolizing,″ Lynch said.

Lynch entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1987. After he was released at training camp, he signed with the Bears.

Raiders head coach Mike White called Lynch a ``productive″ player who has proven valuable both at cornerback and safety, as well as on special teams.

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