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7/28/2005 - NFL

Miami Dolphins:
Guard Jeno James became
lightheaded and sick to his stomach following practice Wednesday
night and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, a person close
to the player said.

James never lost consciousness, and his pulse and blood pressure
remained good, said the person on condition of anonymity.

The 320-pound James took part in the two-hour workout in muggy,
80-degree weather and became woozy at his locker. The practice was
the second of the day on the third day of training camp.

Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene confirmed that James was taken
to a hospital but said the team would have no further comment until
Thursday.

James started 14 games for Miami last year after signing as an
unrestricted free agent. He spent his first four seasons in the NFL
with the Carolina Panthers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Linebacker Barrett Ruud, Tampa Bay's second-round pick, signed with the Buccaneers on Wednesday.

The 36th overall pick in last April's draft, Ruud finished as
the all-time leading tackler in Nebraska history with 432. Ruud
will likely compete with Shelton Quarles at middle linebacker and
add depth for an aging Tampa Bay linebacker corps.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Ruud led the Big 12 with 143 tackles.
His father, Tom Ruud, played for Nebraska and spent five years with
the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

Cleveland Browns:
Charlie Frye, the fourth quarterback selected
in April's NFL draft, has agreed to a four-year $5 million contract, his agent said Wednesday night.

Frye's signing leaves wide receiver Braylon Edwards, the No. 3
overall pick, as the Browns' only unsigned rookie. The club opens
its first training camp under new coach Romeo Crennel on Friday.

Frye's agent, Eric Metz, said he only had to finalize language
on the deal and that Frye was expected to sign his first pro
contract late Wednesday night.

"I'm real excited," said Frye, who played at Akron. "I can't
wait to get in there. I've been a Cleveland Browns fan my whole
life and this is a perfect situation for me."

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are no closer to a contract agreement with first-round draft pick Roddy White, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

White has already missed three practices, and the longer he is absent, the lower on the depth chart he might fall. The Falcons had initially expected the wide receiver to compete for a starting job, but that likelihood has diminished with each absence.

"Every day that Roddy misses now, the chance of [him starting] becomes less and less," coach Jim Mora told the paper. "If he was here I'd be able to evaluate him but he's not. Hopefully he gets here soon but if he's missing practices, he's not going to start for sure."

White sits behind wideout Dez White on the depth chart, but the pecking order is not set yet, as the Falcons have opted for full competition for each position.

Philadelphia Eagles: With veterans scheduled to report to training camp on Monday, the agent for Corey Simon reiterated what he'd said more than three months ago -- that Simon would not sign the Eagles' franchise tender or attend camps.

Roosevelt Barnes, Simon's agent, simply told the Philadelphia Daily News "no" when asked whether there had been any progress or change in Simon's plans for camp.

Simon told the paper he had "no comment" on the situation.

If Simon refuses to sign the Eagles' 1-year, $5.13 million franchise tender and sits out the season, Simon would forfeit the $5.13 million and remain Eagles' property.

In other news, the Eagles agreed to terms with
second-round draft pick Reggie Brown of Georgia, who's expected to
challenge for the No. 4 wide receiver role.

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Brown earned all-SEC honors his senior
year, leading the Bulldogs with 53 catches for 860 yards and six
TDs. The 24-year-old Brown was a two-year starter at Georgia and
finished his career with 144 catches, 12 TDs and 2,008 yards
receiving.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have reached a
three-year agreement with third-round draft pick Atiyyah Ellison, a
defensive lineman expected to battle for a backup job.

Ellison is expected to play behind starters Kris Jenkins, a
two-time All-Pro, and Brentson Buckner, a longtime veteran who is
considered one of the emotional leaders on defense.

Ellison started 31 starts games during his career at Missouri
and tallied 171 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He was a first-team All-Big
12 selection as a senior, when he had 60 tackles, 2.5 sacks and
four quarterback pressures.

New Orleans Saints:
The Saints and their third-round draft choice, linebacker Alfred Fincher, agreed to a three-year
contract Wednesday, general manager Mickey Loomis said.

Fincher was a three-year starter at Connecticut and a defensive
leader on the 2004 team that went 8-4 and defeated Toledo 39-10 in
the Motor City Bowl.

Fincher averaged nearly 12 tackles per game last season for the
Huskies and was named All-Big East Conference. He finished the
season with a career-high 140 tackles (56 solo), seven pass
deflections, two interceptions, five forced fumbles, a pair of
sacks and a fumble recovery.

The Saints, who open training camp Friday, did not disclose
financial terms with Fincher, the third draft pick to agree to a
contract with the Saints.

Carolina Panthers: Wide receiver Tab Perry has signed a
three-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, who played at UCLA, was the team's
sixth-round draft pick. He had 84 career receptions and 1,547
yards, and averaged 22 yards on 67 kickoff returns.

Indianapolis Colts: Second-round draft pick Kelvin Hayden
signed a four-year contract with the Colts on
Wednesday, the final rookie to sign with the team.

Hayden, a cornerback from Illinois, was expected to report to
report Wednesday afternoon to the team's camp, said his agent,
Fletcher Smith.

"He's happy with the deal, and he's ready to go,'' Smith said.

The Colts' other signings in the last hours before the training
camp opening included center Rob Hunt and linebacker Tyjaun Hagler,
both fifth-round picks, and seventh-round pick Anthony Davis, a
running back from Wisconsin.

The Colts on Tuesday reached a contract agreement with
first-round draft pick Marlin Jackson, a cornerback from Michigan.
Jackson's five-year contract is worth nearly $7 million, his agent
said.

New York Jets: Cornerback Justin Miller signed with the
Jets on Wednesday, leaving the team with only one unsigned
draft pick.

Miller was one of the Jets' two second-round picks; kicker Mike Nugent, the other second-rounder, remained unsigned.

The Jets, who traded their first-round pick, open camp Thursday.

Miller, 5-foot-10, 202 pounds, was considered a potential
first-round pick but his stock fell when he was arrested for
disorderly conduct a week before the draft. He was the 57th overall
pick.

Miller had 13 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson. The
Jets also plan to use him as a kick returner.

Washington Redskins: Fourth-round draft pick Manuel White agreed
to a four-year, $1.81 million contract Wednesday with the
Redskins.

White will receive a $420,000 signing bonus. The UCLA running
back is expected to be used as a versatile H-back in Redskins coach
Joe Gibbs' offense.

The Redskins have yet to sign first-round draft picks Carlos
Rogers and Jason Campbell. Players report for training camp Sunday.

In other news, the NFL fined the Redskins
$45,000 Wednesday for violating practice squad rules in 2004.

During a Nov. 12 practice, the Redskins used one more practice
squad player than they were allowed, leading to the fine.

Kansas City Chiefs: Punter Dustin Colquitt, the Chiefs' third-round draft pick, has signed with the team along with
two other draft picks: cornerback Alphonso Hodge, a fifth rounder
and quarterback James Kilian, a seventh-rounder.

The three agreed to terms on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Chiefs signed linebacker Boomer Grigsby, a
fifth-round choice, and offensive lineman Jeremy Parquet, taken in
the seventh round.

Tennessee Titans:
itans came to terms
with wide receiver Courtney Roby, leaving the Titans with
three unsigned draft picks, including first-round selection Adam
"Pacman" Jones.

Roby, a third-round draft pick and 68th overall, set Indiana
records with 170 career receptions for 2,524 yards and 12
touchdowns.

Roby was the team's eighth draft pick to agree to a contract.

The Titans also agreed to multiyear extensions with veteran free
safety Lamont Thompson and long snapper Ken Amato. Thompson is
entering his fourth NFL season, while Amato is beginning his third.

Tennessee waived seven undrafted free agents -- running backs
Corey Larkins and Charles Anthony, tight end Ellis Debrow,
defensive ends Alton Wright and Karlton Neal, safety Jamacia
Jackson and wide receiver Jason Anderson.

New Orleans Saints:
Agreed to contracts
Wednesday with second-round pick Josh Bullocks and third-rounder
Alfred Fincher.

Bullocks, a safety from Nebraska, agreed to a four-year
contract, said general manager Mickey Loomis.

Bullocks set a Big 12 record with 10 interceptions in 2003 as
sophomore, then left Nebraska after his junior season.

Fincher was a three-year starter at linebacker for Connecticut
and averaged 12 tackles per game last season.

Denver Broncos: :
The team signed fourth-round draft pick
cornerback Karl Paymah and waived wide receiver Grant Mattos, the
team announced. Terms were not disclosed.

Paymah, the 76th overall pick in this year's draft, started the
final 24 games of his college career at Washington State.

Mattos, who was signed by the Broncos in January, was previously
with the San Diego Chargers.

Seattle Seahawks:
The Seahawks signed four more
draft picks, including third-round selections David
Greene, a quarterback from Georgia, and LeRoy Hill, a linebacker
from Clemson.

Also signing were Florida State tackle Ray Willis, selected in
the fourth round, and sixth-round choice Tony Jackson, a fullback
from Iowa.

All agreed to multi-year contracts.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.