NFC camps: Carriker signs in time to report to Rams' camp

Updated: July 28, 2007, 12:50 AM ET
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St. Louis Rams: Finishing off an impressive daily double at the bargaining table, which included a record deal for quarterback Marc Bulger, the St. Louis Rams on Friday signed first-round draft choice Adam Carriker, a defensive tackle from Nebraska, to his first NFL contract.

The 13th player chosen overall, Carriker signed a five-year contract worth $14.5 million, with guarantees of $9.5 million.

Carriker, 23, played primarily at defensive end for the Cornhuskers, and many NFL scouts felt he would be a good fit at that position in a 3-4 front. The Rams made it clear from the outset, though, that the versatile Carriker will play tackle. They later slotted him as their starting nose tackle, although he doesn't quite fit the normal profile there. Carriker has bulked up from the 296 pounds he weighed at the combine in February, and now weighs in the 305-pound range.

In 45 games at Nebraska, including 34 starts, Carriker had 134 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 20½ sacks, 43 quarterback pressures, six passes defensed, one forced fumble and one recovery.

At the combine, Carriker enhanced his already strong draft stock with a performance that included a 4.9 time in the 40-yard dash.

-- ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli

Carolina Panthers: The Carolina Panthers signed second-round pick Dwayne Jarrett to a four-year, $3.825 million contract Friday, leaving only first-round pick Jon Beason unsigned on the first day of training camp.

Jarrett, a receiver from Southern California, will receive $1.935 million in guaranteed bonuses and incentives, making the deal one of the largest in guaranteed money for a second-round pick.

New York Giants: Giants first-round draft pick Aaron Ross reported to training camp on Friday with a five-year, $13 million contract.

The cornerback from Texas will receive $8 million guaranteed under the deal that he signed on Thursday.

New Orleans Saints: Robert Meachem trotted out to his first full training camp practice Friday with a white wrap on his right knee -- a reminder of the Saints' top draft pick's worrisome physical condition during minicamp in June.

As he walked, he appeared to favor his right leg.

But when it came time to run pass routes against veteran NFL defensive backs, Meachem showed glimpses, at least, of why the Saints hoped he could step in for the departed Joe Horn.

Planting off that same right leg that was operated on seven weeks ago, he cut to his left for a long sideline pass and snatched the ball cleanly, even while losing his balance and falling to the turf as cornerback Jason David and safety Kevin Kaesviharn closed quickly.

"He's coming along," quarterback Drew Brees said. "I think like any rookie receiver that usually comes in, they're raw, but very talented. He's no exception. You see glimpses of the things he does that are just very natural, so I'm excited to watch him develop as he kind of gets into camp shape and all those things, just to see what he can do."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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