Bo Jackson signed a one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox today, less than two weeks after it appeared that a serious hip injury had ended his baseball career.
Jackson's agent, Richard Woods, said there was nothing in the contract that would limit him from playing football again in the future. Jackson still is under contract to the Los Angeles Raiders.Jackson was released last month by the Kansas City Royals. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"I feel like a caged animal," Jackson said at a news conference at the White Sox's spring training camp.
He said it was hard for him to get up each morning and pick up his crutches, which he calls "my other set of legs.""I'd like to throw them in the garbage, but my doctor won't let me," he said.
The White Sox said they would try to determine by the All-Star break if he would be able to play this year. The contact also includes two option years for 1992 and 1993.
Woods said Jackson picked the White Sox "because they were willing to be patient with him. Their attitude is if they get him this year, that's OK, but if they get him down the road, that's OK too."
It was not immediately known how much Jackson would get or how he would be paid if he did not play. But White Sox general manager Ron Schueler said the contract represented "a shared risk for both parties."
Woods said Jackson could have gotten more money, but that was not the deciding factor.
"We could have gotten a hell of a lot more money if we had shopped him around like a free agent type of thing," Woods said.
"Of all the teams in the league, the White Sox have the best chance of going and getting the ring," Jackson said.