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PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : RAIDERS : Raiders Pick Up Cornerback Frank

August 30, 1994|STEVE SPRINGER

When quarterback Jeff Hostetler looks at cornerback Donald Frank, he recalls his worst nightmare.

But when the Raiders looked at Frank, they saw a valuable commodity and they signed the four-year veteran to a one-year, $400,000 contract Monday.

To make room for Frank, the Raiders placed veteran cornerback Torin Dorn on injured reserve, making him ineligible for the season.

Dorn, a fourth-round draft choice of the Raiders in 1990, has been bothered by a hamstring injury.

"We kept waiting for him (to heal), but he was just not quite ready yet," Coach Art Shell said.

Frank intercepted 10 passes in four seasons with the San Diego Chargers, including one last season that spoiled one of Hostetler's better afternoons.

Hostetler passed for a club-record 424 yards, but Frank returned an interception 102 yards for a touchdown in San Diego's 30-23 victory.

"I won't be throwing to you any more," Hostetler told Frank on Monday. "So don't be looking for any in practice."

Traded to the Cleveland Browns in the off-season for a 1995 draft choice, Frank was to receive $600,000 this season. He refused to take a pay cut and was released Thursday.

"I'm just glad to be a part of this team," Frank said.

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The Raiders named their practice squad: defensive end Alberto White, wide receiver John Morton, running back Wes Bender, safety Cary Brabham and offensive tackle Willie Stubbins.

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