Eagles sign first-round pick McDougle

Updated: July 31, 2003, 7:59 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- First-round pick Jerome McDougle signed a six-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, ending a one-week holdout.

The contract would pay McDougle up to $12.6 million with incentives over the first five years, including a $6.1 million signing bonus. A sixth year is voidable if he attains certain performance incentives.

McDougle, 6-foot-4 and 271 pounds, is expected to replace three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Hugh Douglas. The Eagles traded up 15 spots to select McDougle with the 15th pick in April's NFL draft.

"He will have some catching up to do," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "It was a good thing he was in the minicamps and got his work in there. He needs to get himself in playing shape. We are already in pads and hitting, and he hasn't done that at this level."

McDougle had 114 tackles and 14 sacks in two seasons with the Hurricanes. To get McDougle, Philadelphia sent its top pick, 30th overall and one of its two second-rounders to the San Diego Chargers.

McDougle is a strong pass-rusher and is often compared to Douglas because of his playing style, and will get an opportunity to start.

Douglas left the Eagles in March after five seasons, signing a five-year, $27 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He led the Eagles with 12{ sacks last season, but had just 1{ in his last five games, including playoffs.

McDougle is just the second rookie holdout since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team from Norman Braman in 1994. Defensive tackle Corey Simon, the sixth overall pick in 2000, held out 12 days. McDougle missed six.

Starting running back Duce Staley is the only player still out of camp. Staley, scheduled to earn $2.2 million in the final year of his contract this season, wants a contract extension.

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