Veteran defensive lineman Randy White ended a six-week holdout Monday and signed a five-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys estimated to be as high as $5 million.
'Football is in my blood. I've been playing it since I was 8 years old. And at this time of year, your body tells you you ought to be playing football,' White said. 'Believe it or not, I missed training camp.'
White refused to disclose the terms of the contract, only to say he had accepted a five-year deal. Unofficial estimates, however, placed the contract at $1 million per year, which would make White the highest-paid defensive lineman in pro football.
There was no word on whether White, who missed all of the Cowboys' training camp this summer, will be activated for next Monday's season opener with the Los Angeles Rams.
'I'm going to do whatever coach Landry wants me to do,' White said. 'I have tried to stay in good shape. I'll take any role that coach Landry wants me to.
'Last night, I talked to (Cowboys president-general manager) Tex Schramm and set up a meeting. We got together this morning and I'm happy with what we've done. All I can say is that I'm happy and the Cowboys are happy.'
White, who last week was placed on the team's 'did not report' list, had been holding out for a reported $1.2 million contract and certain guarantees. He missed all of the Cowboys' training camp this summer at Thousand Oaks, Calif.
'It was no fun sitting out. I had had my bags packed and ready to go (to training camp) until that morning (July 19 when he was due to report.),' White said.
In other NFL news:
-- Pittsburgh Coach Chuck Noll chose David Woodley over Mark Malone as starting quarterback for Sunday's home opener with the Kansas City Chiefs. Noll said he settled on Woodley as the starter because 'he put points on the board during the pre-season. That's probably the big thing.' Woodley completed 26 of 53 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns. Malone completed 25 of 60 passes for 353 yards and no touchdowns. Both threw four interceptions.
-- Cincinnati waived veteran offensive linemen Blake Moore and Jim Hannula, tight end Andy Gibler, nose tackle Emanuel Weaver, running back Rodney Tate and rookie free agents Clay Pickering, a wide receiver, and Brian Pillman, a linebacker. Placed on injured reserve were free safety Bryan Hicks, who has a fractured right forearm, and wide receiver Gary Williams, who has a pulled hamstring.
-- Buffalo waived punter Greg Cater, running back Roland Hooks, safeties Mike Kennedy and Len Walterscheid, linebackers Joey Lumpkin and Mark Merrill, offensive lineman Darryl Caldwell, linebacker Joe Azelby, a 10th-round draft pick, wide receiver Craig White, an 11th-round pick, free agent wide receiver Joey Smith and free agent defensive back Mark Jackson.
-- Veteran guard J.T. Turner and injury-plagued nose tackle Bill Neill were among nine players waived by the New York Giants. The Giants also waived nose tackle Charles Cook, defensive back Mike Dennis, wide receiver John Mistler, fourth-year pro Al Steinfeld, tackle John Tautolo, running back Chet Winters and defensive back Pete Shaw. The Giants also placed rookie safety Clint Harris and reserve quarterback Tom Owen on injured reserve, both with knee injuries, and acquired backup safety Kenny Hill from the Los Angeles Raiders for a 1985 draft choice.
-- Philadelphia released veteran punter Max Runager, wide receiver Glen Young, running back Calvin Murray, quarterback Bob Holly, tackle Jim Fritzsche, linebacker Mike Reichenbach, defensive back Dennis DeVaughn and defensive end Guy Peters. Placed on the injured list were defensive end Leon Evans and two tackles, Tom Jelesky and John Robertson.
-- Miami cut rookie quarterback Dean May, rookie kicker Al Del Greco and rookie tight end John Chesley. Other rookies cut were offensive linemen Jim Boyle and Bernie Carvalho, wide receiver Fernanza Burgess, cornerback Bud Brown, defensive lineman Todd Campbell and linebackers Rowland Tatum and Mike Weingrad. The only veteran waived was linebacker Sanders Shiver, who spent most of his eight-year career with the Colts.
-- Wide receiver Wesley Walker, who has not appeared in training camp due to a contract dispute, has agreed to report to the New York Jets immediately, a club spokesman said. The Jets waived veteran wide receiver Harold Carmichael, defensive end John Autry, wide receivers Preston Brown and Nick Bruckner, tight end Tom Coombs, linebacker Jim Eliopolus, quarterback Glenn Inverso and Joe Pellegrini, who was trying to make the conversion from offensive line to defensive line. Injury-plagued running back Mike Augustyniak, who damaged his leg in Friday's exhibition victory against the Raiders, was placed on injured reserve along with defensive back George Floyd.
-- Atlanta waived five players, including former starters Mike Zele, Bo Robinson and Jeff Yeates. Waived were Yeates, a 13-year veteran defensive end, Robinson, a running back, Zele, a defensive tackle, reserve linebacker Dave Levenick and free agent running back Tim Tyrrell. Tight end Ben Young and reserve cornerback Earl Jones were placed on injured reserve. Young has a groin injury and Jones a knee ailment.