Wide receiver Mervyn Fernandez, Most Valuable Player in the Canadian Football League in 1985, Wednesday signed a four-year contract with the Raiders that could earn him $7 million.
Fernandez, 27, played out his option after five seasons with the British Columbia Lions. The Raiders have been trying to buy out his CFL contract since 1983, when they selected him in the 10th round of the NFL draft.
"I'm a wide-open type of guy, a game-breaker," said Fernandez, a former San Jose State star who runs 40 yards in 4.4 seconds. "Long ball, short ball, I can turn anything into a touchdown."
According to Fernandez's agent, Bob LaMonte, the contract includes a $5.25-million annuity that begins in 1997; a $200,000 signing bonus; a base salary of $300,000 next season, $350,000 in 1988, $450,000 in 1989 and $500,000 in 1990, plus close to $100,000 a season in incentives.