Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2001

Steelers reach an agreement with Hampton

LATROBE, Pa. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed first-round draft pick Casey Hampton to a five-year, $6.79 million contract Saturday.

Hampton was the last draft-pick holdout for the team. The deal includes a signing bonus of between $3.1 million and $3.2 million.

The Steelers become only the third NFL team to sign all of its draft picks in the off season.

Hampton was en route to Latrobe from Houston and is expected to practice with the team at St. Vincent College on Sunday.

Panthers sign Morgan, Weinke

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Carolina Panthers signed the last of their eight draft picks Saturday, agreeing to terms with linebacker Dan Morgan and Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke.

Morgan, the first-round pick from Miami, and Weinke, the former Florida State quarterback selected in the fourth round, are expected to sign the deals when rookies report to camp Sunday.

Its a positive start to training camp to have everyone aboard and expected to be in on time, coach George Seifert said.

Morgan was the 11th overall pick. The first player to win the Butkus, Nagurski and Bednarik awards in the same season, hes expected to start at outside linebacker this season.

Im real excited about getting things started on the right foot, Morgan said. Its a good situation and very beneficial when you are able to get to camp on time.

Weinke, who is 29 and a year older than starting quarterback Jeff Lewis, is expected to begin his career as a backup.

The Panthers start training camp Sunday in Spartanburg, S.C. The first practice with the entire team is scheduled for Thursday.

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