SOLOMON SIGNS, SOUNDS OFF: Holdout LB Jesse Solomon signed with the Cowboys for a big pay cut. After practice, he blasted the team for not trading him, criticized its take-it-or-leave-it offer and refused to shake hands with owner Jerry Jones.

Solomon this summer turned down an offer reportedly worth $2 million over three years. He said he reluctantly signed a two-year deal yesterday that will pay him $170,000 this season and $375,000 in 1991. Last year he earned $460,000.

With the trading deadline just passed, Solomon could have signed or sat out the season.

Jones walked on to the field and called, "Jesse."

Solomon: "I don't want to talk to Jerry."

Jones offered a handshake, but Solomon crossed his arms.

Solomon: "I don't want to shake your hand."

Jones: "You don't want to shake my hand, all right. . . . I hope you take that good, hostile attitude when you're playing some football games."

ICKEY IFFY: Bengals RB Ickey Woods could be activated this week. He hasn't played since Week 2 of 1989, when he injured his left knee.

"We don't want to make a move too early in the week, because you never know what's going to happen," said Coach Sam Wyche, adding he'll probably activate Woods Saturday for Monday's game against the Browns.

FOR WALSH, IT'S A START: Saints QB Steve Walsh, recently traded from Dallas, will start Sunday against the Oilers.