Around NFL training camps: July 25

Updated: July 26, 2008, 2:39 AM ET
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COWBOYS SIGN TOP PICKS JONES, JENKINS (1:33 a.m. ET)

First-round draft picks Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins signed deals late Friday night, putting all of the Dallas Cowboys' selections under contract.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports both Jones and Jenkins have agreed to five-year contracts and that neither is expected to report to training camp in time for tomorrow's morning practice. The Cowboys also have an afternoon workout scheduled.

Jones, a running back from Arkansas, and Jenkins, a cornerback from South Florida, missed the first day of practice.

The Cowboys selected Jones with the 22nd overall pick, impressed by his 1,162 yards and 11 touchdowns backing up Darren McFadden last season for the Razorbacks. Jenkins, the 25th overall pick, intercepted three passes last season for South Florida and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Cincinnati.
-- ESPN's Ed Werder & The Associated Press

FALCONS LOCK UP LAST TWO DRAFT PICKS (1:15 a.m. ET)
The Atlanta Falcons will have all of their draft picks on the field when camp opens Saturday after agreeing to terms with first-round pick Sam Baker and signing second-round pick Curtis Lofton.

Baker, an offensive tackle from USC, came to an agreement Friday evening. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The 6-foot-5, 309-pound Baker was the second of Atlanta's first-round picks, taken at No. 21 overall. Quarterback Matt Ryan was Atlanta's top pick at No. 3.

In other moves on the eve of training camp, the Falcons signed offensive lineman Michael Butterworth, linebacker Coy Wire and cornerback Blue Adams. They also placed defensive tackle Trey Lewis on the active/non-football injury list, put offensive tackle Renardo Foster on the active/physically unable to perform list, waived-injured offensive lineman Pat McCoy, reached an injury settlement with linebacker Travis Williams, and waived cornerback Glenn Sharpe.
-- The Associated Press

PRO-BOWLER ANDREWS STILL A NO-SHOW AT EAGLES CAMP (11:10 p.m. ET)
Two-time Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews was a no-show at Philadelphia Eagles training camp for a second day Friday.

Andrews is absent for personal reasons, and the team placed him on the reserve/did not report list.

"He's not here and he wasn't excused, and that's as far as I'm going with it," coach Andy Reid said after Friday's practice, the first full-squad workout of training camp.

Andrews, a fifth-year veteran, also missed the final week of the team's voluntary workouts last month for personal reasons. Because this absence is unexcused, he can be fined up to $15,000 for each day he misses.

Reid said he didn't know when or if Andrews would report.
-- The Associated Press

NCAA CAREER LEADING RUSHER INJURED AT JETS CAMP (9:02 p.m. ET)
Danny Woodhead, the NCAA's career rushing leader, was carted off the practice field Friday with an apparent knee injury.

The nature and severity of the injury wasn't immediately known, and the Jets' policy is to not discuss injuries.

"We don't have an update yet," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "Danny's been working hard, a lot of productivity out of him in college. He's a great kid."

The 5-foot-7 running back, a rookie free agent from Chadron State who has already become an early training camp fan favorite, was injured late in practice and helped to the sideline by running back Thomas Jones, fullback Tony Richardson and a team trainer.

He was attended to in a small tent on the sideline, where he removed his pads and jersey. After several minutes, Woodhead was carted off the field and into the team's facility.
-- The Associated Press

PANTHERS SIGN OTAH, NEGOTIATE DEAL WITH STEWART (8:03 p.m. ET)
The Carolina Panthers signed tackle Jeff Otah on Friday, leaving only fellow first-round pick Jonathan Stewart without a deal as training camp gets under way.

Otah was the 19th overall pick. He was en route to Wofford College on Friday night and was expected be on the field for the first practice Saturday. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

General manager Marty Hurney was negotiating with Stewart's agent Friday night. Coach John Fox said earlier in the day they were "fairly close" with both players.

Otah is expected to start at right tackle for Carolina, while Stewart will compete with DeAngelo Williams for the starting running back job.
-- The Associated Press

WARNER SEEKS CONTRACT EXTENSION, TOO (6:50 p.m. ET)
Anquan Boldin isn't the only Arizona Cardinal looking for a new contract. Quarterback Kurt Warner, whose three-year deal expires this season, is seeking an extension. For him, the only question is whether he should be paid like a starter or a backup.

The 37-year-old Warner enters camp as Matt Leinart's backup. But Warner, who started 11 games last year, wants starter's money if he wins the job.

Warner said Friday that he's not looking to break the bank but merely wants to be "fairly compensated." Unlike Boldin, the receiver who says he has ordered his agent to cut off contract talks with the club, Warner is open to negotiating.
-- The Associated Press

CARDS AGREE TO DEAL WITH TOP PICK RODGERS-CROMARTIE (6:37 p.m. ET)
The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a six-year contract with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, their top draft pick.

Terms were not disclosed.

Rodgers-Cromartie, the 16th overall pick in last spring's draft, is expected to join the club at its Northern Arizona University training camp on Saturday.
-- The Associated Press

GROVES SIGNS, BUT JAGS OPEN WITHOUT HARVEY, WILLIAMS (5:29 p.m. ET)
The Jaguars signed one of their two rookie defensive ends before camp.

Defensive end Quentin Groves, the team's second-round draft pick, signed a four-year, $3.3 million contract. The Auburn product got a $1.355 million signing bonus. The team was still negotiating with first-round choice Derrick Harvey.

Jacksonville also planned to place Jerry Porter, tight end George Wrighster (knee), defensive end Jeremy Mincey (wrist) and safety Chad Nkang (wrist) on the physically unable to perform list. Nkang was still wearing a cast on his right wrist when he arrived at camp Friday.
-- The Associated Press

BILLS WR EVANS HOPEFUL FOR LONG-TERM DEAL (5:08 p.m. ET)
Receiver Lee Evans is encouraged he'll secure a long-term contract extension with the Buffalo Bills this summer after negotiations intensified over the past month.

"We're moving in the right direction, which is positive," Evans said Friday at the opening of training camp in suburban Rochester, N.Y. "Both sides are talking. Both sides are positive. That's really good. I am hopeful."

Bills chief operating officer Russ Brandon confirmed there's been increased dialogue with the player, the first of Buffalo's two first-round draft picks in the 2004 draft out of Wisconsin, and his representative.

"Our focus is to keep our good core of players, and we think a lot of him," he said.
-- The Associated Press

WR ENGRAM BACK IN CAMP WITH SEAHAWKS (4:59 p.m. ET)
Bobby Engram was back practicing with the Seahawks in Kirkland, Wash., after skipping the last two minicamps because he was unhappy with his contract.

The 35-year-old receiver was on the starting offense for the first practice of training camp Friday morning. He is entering the final year of a two-year contract worth $1.7 million this season.

Engram said he chose to return simply to honor his contract. He believes he can play at a top level for as many as five more seasons. He hopes at least three of them are in Seattle, but is prepared to play somewhere else beginning next season.

Second-round draft choice John Carlson is the only Seahawks player not in camp. The tight end from Notre Dame remains unsigned.
-- The Associated Press

BURRESS MISSES PRACTICE WITH BAD ANKLE (3:43 p.m. ET)
Plaxico Burress missed the New York Giants' first training camp practice on Friday in Albany, N.Y., with an ankle injury while his agent spoke with the Super Bowl champions about renegotiating his contract.

"There is no connection," agent Drew Rosenhaus said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press when asked if Burress was sitting out because of the contract problems.

Burress, who caught a late game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass in the Super Bowl, refused to practice during a minicamp in June until the team gave him a new contract. He was fined about $25,000.

He has three years remaining on his six-year, $25 million deal. He will earn $3.25 million this year, $3.5 million in 2009 and $3.75 million in 2010.
-- The Associated Press

MENDENHALL SIGNS WITH STEELERS (2:11 p.m. ET)
Running back Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh's top pick in the 2008 NFL draft, has come to terms with the Steelers, agreeing to a five-year, $12.55 million contract with $7.125 million in guaranteed money.

Mendenhall set Illinois rushing records last season with 1,681 yards and 17 touchdowns as the Fighting Illini went to the Rose Bowl. He had 388 carries for 2,539 yards and 22 touchdowns in his college career.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

SEAHAWKS' JACKSON SIGNS, PRACTICES (1:02 p.m. ET)
Seattle Seahawks top draft choice Lawrence Jackson has reported to training camp and is practicing with the team.

Jackson, the 28th pick from Southern California, agreed to an $11.25 million, five-year contract Friday morning, according to a person familiar with the deal. The contract includes a $6.1 million signing bonus, said the person who requested anonymity because the team did not release the terms of the deal.

The Seahawks also announced the signings of fourth-round draft choice Red Bryant, a defensive tackle from Texas A&M, and fifth-round pick Owen Schmitt, a fullback from West Virginia. They also signed free-agent wide receiver Bryan Gilmore, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers.

To make roster room for the signings, Seattle released Mike Green, a former starting safety with the Chicago Bears whose two seasons with the Seahawks were ruined by a severe foot injury. The team also cut defensive tackle Kevin Brown and fullback Dan Curran.

Second-round pick John Carlson, a tight end from Notre Dame expected to be Seattle's starting tight end this season, is still unsigned and not in camp.
-- The Associated Press

BENGALS WAIVE IRONS IN LEAD-UP TO CAMP (11:25 a.m. ET)
The Bengals made a surprising roster move by waiving backup running back Kenny Irons. A former second-round pick out of Auburn in 2007, Irons has been slow to recover from a torn ACL in his left knee last season. Irons failed the team's physical this week and was put on the waived/failed physical list. Irons was expected to be Cincinnati's change-of-pace back to complement the power running style of starter Rudi Johnson. But Irons was injured Aug. 9 in a preseason game against the Lions and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. Nearly a year later Irons remains unable to pass a physical, so the Bengals released him just days before opening camp Monday in Georgetown, Ky.
-- James Walker, ESPN.com

TEXANS' TOP PICK PRACTICES AFTER SIGNING (11:18 a.m. ET)
The Texans signed first-round draft pick Duane Brown, an offensive lineman from Virginia Tech who is expected to start this season.

Brown took the practice field Friday nearly an hour after the rest of the team on the first day of camp. The left tackle was selected 26th in the April draft.
-- The Associated Press

BRONCOS BURN MIDNIGHT OIL TO SIGN CLADY (10:55 a.m. ET)
Ryan Clady vowed last month to be at Broncos training camp on time and he will live up to his promise -- barely.

After an all-night negotiation session, Denver and the Boise State left tackle agreed to terms of a five-year contract worth $14.75 million that could max out at $17.3 million. The deal includes $11.415 million in guarantees.

Clady will be on the field Friday for the start of camp. He was the last of Denver's nine draft picks to sign.

Clady was the No. 12 overall pick in the draft. On draft day, coach Mike Shanahan said Clady would step in as the instant starter. He replaces longtime left tackle Matt Lepsis, who retired the day after last season ended.
-- Bill Williamson and John Clayton, ESPN.com

NO-SHOW PETERS COULD BE FINED BY BILLS (9:48 a.m. ET)
The Bills could begin fining Pro Bowl lineman Jason Peters up to $15,000 a day after he failed to report for the start of training camp because of a contract dispute.

"That's a resource that's available to us," Bills chief operating officer Russ Brandon told AP. "And if he's not here, we anticipate using it."

The Bills opened camp with two practices at their training facility in suburban Rochester. The team has had little contact with the left tackle in the past few months regarding his contract dispute. He was already fined $8,638 for missing the team's two mandatory minicamp practices last month.

Entering his fifth NFL season, Peters has three years left on his current deal and is scheduled to make a base salary of $3.25 million this season, considered low for someone playing such a prominent position.
-- The Associated Press