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NFL briefs

July 31, 2009

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Raiders sign

top pick Heyward-Bey

Napa, Calif. — Rookie receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey signed a five-year contract with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday that will guarantee him at least $23.5 million.

Heyward-Bey joined the team in time to participate in Thursday’s afternoon practice session, their second of this year’s training camp.

Oakland did not reveal terms of the contract, but a person involved in the deal told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the seventh overall pick will get a base salary of $38.25 million along with the guarantee.

First-rounder Matthews

signs with Packers

Green Bay, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have signed first-round draft pick Clay Matthews III, leaving only fellow first-rounder B.J. Raji unsigned with the Packers poised to report to training camp on Friday.

Ravens ink Oher

to five-year deal

Westminster, Md. — For Baltimore Ravens rookie offensive tackle Michael Oher, signing his five-year, $13.8 contract Thursday marked yet another milestone in his winding life journey.

“It is very special,” Oher said during a news conference at the team hotel. “You’ve got to forget where you came from and move forward and continue to work hard and put all your trust in the right people.”

Browns reach deal

with WR Robiskie

Cleveland — The Cleveland Browns have all their campers under contract.

With coach Eric Mangini set to hold his first workout Saturday, the Browns agreed to terms on a four-year contract with rookie wide receiver Brian Robiskie, the club’s last unsigned player.

Udeze retires, ends

return from leukemia

Mankato, Minn. — Kenechi Udeze’s comeback from leukemia served as an inspiration to his Minnesota Vikings teammates.

The announcement of his retirement will not diminish that.

Udeze retired Thursday, saying his leukemia is still in remission but the side effects from the treatments for the disease were making it too difficult to continue the rigors of life in the NFL.

Jets’ suspended Pace:

‘I made a mistake’

Cortland, N.Y. — Calvin Pace took a dietary supplement he had taken on several occasions during his career. The New York Jets linebacker wasn’t aware that this time, it was on the NFL’s list of banned substances.

Pace was suspended earlier this month for four games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

“I made a mistake, and it’s just my bad,” Pace said Thursday as players reported for training camp. “People know I’m not out here trying to cheat the system. I’m not out here trying to get an edge on anybody. I take supplements to try to keep my weight up.”

Rams sign second

overall draft pick

St. Louis — The St. Louis Rams on Thursday signed offensive tackle Jason Smith, the second overall pick of the draft, a day before opening training camp.

The 6-foot-5, 306-pound Smith is expected to be an immediate starter for the Rams.

Jets RB a no-show

Cortland, N.Y. — New York Jets running back Leon Washington, in a contract dispute while seeking a big raise, was a no-show as players reported Thursday for the start of the team’s first training camp under new coach Rex Ryan.

Lions sign rookie DB

Allen Park, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have signed second-round pick Louis Delmas to a four-year contract.

Jaguars sign two

Jacksonville, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed cornerback Derek Cox and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood to contracts, leaving the team with three rookies unsigned as training camp nears.

Giants sign pair

of second-rounders

East Rutherford, N.J. — The New York Giants signed second-round draft picks Clint Sintim and William Beatty on Thursday, leaving first-round choice Hakeem Nicks as the team’s only unsigned rookie.

Sintim, a linebacker from Virginia who was the 45th pick overall, and Beatty, an offensive tackle from Connecticut who was the 60th pick, each signed four-year deals. Financial terms were not available.

Colts sign 3 picks

Indianapolis — The Indianapolis Colts have signed three more draft picks: punter-placekicker Pat McAfee, defensive tackle Terrance Taylor and guard Jaimie Thomas.

Saints ink pair

Metairie, La. — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to contract terms with draft picks Chip Vaughn and Thomas Morstead. Vaughn, a safety from Wake Forest, was one of New Orleans’ two fourth-round draft choices. Morstead, a punter from Southern Methodist, was taken in the fifth round.

Patriots place Warren,

4 others on PUP list

Foxborough, Mass. — New England Patriots defensive end Ty Warren is starting training camp on the active physically unable to perform list.

Others on the list announced Thursday are linebacker Shawn Crable, offensive linemen Mark LeVoir and Rich Ohrnberger and defensive lineman Darryl Richard.

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