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Moss signs contract extension

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2001

Regardless of how you crunch the numbers, Randy Moss is now one of the NFL's highest paid players.

The NFL's top wide receiver agreed with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday to an eight-year, $75 million deal that includes an $18 million signing bonus. That makes him the NFL's third highest-paid active player in total package value behind Drew Bledsoe and Brett Favre and the highest-paid non-quarterback.

Off his first three seasons, Moss seems worth it. Moss, 24, is regarded as the game's top receiver, with 226 catches for 4,163 yards and 43 touchdowns in three seasons, the best marks ever in three years for any wide receiver in NFL history. He had been seeking around $100 million with a bonus of $18 million to $20 million.

''It was important for him to be recognized not only as the best wide receiver in the game, but as one of the best players in the league,'' agent Dante DiTrapano said.

Packers

Defensive end Jamal Reynolds, Green Bay's first-round draft choice, signed a five-year contract with the Packers.

Reynolds, the No. 10 pick from Florida State, won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman.

''I believe Jamal Reynolds will be able to increase our ability to rush the passer -- he brings an awful lot to that area,'' Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman said.

In my mind, I've matched him against all the left tackles in this league, and I think he can perform well.''

49ers

Quarterback Jeff Garcia agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract.

Garcia's new contract cements his transition from an undrafted Canadian Football League star to the heir to the 49ers' quarterback legacy of Joe Montana, Steve Young, John Brodie and Y.A. Tittle, general manager Terry Donahue said.

''This will give you a great picture of our confidence in Jeff as our leader for a long time,'' Donahue said.

Garcia, who had been an exclusive-rights free agent, was expected to arrive at training camp in Stockton on Wednesday night. Practice begins on Thursday.

The 49ers also agreed to terms with linebacker Jamie Winborn, a second-round pick, and tailback Kevan Barlow, a third-rounder, on three-year contracts.

Seahawks

Seattle signed first-round pick Kevin Hutchinson and were reportedly close to completing a deal with fellow first-rounder Koren Robinson.

Robinson's agent, Alvin Keels, told ESPN that the former North Carolina State receiver will sign a six-year, $10.1 million contract Thursday. Robinson was drafted ninth overall.

''It hasn't happened yet,'' team spokesman Lane Gammel said. ''It's not official. We don't announce if we've agreed to anything.''

The Seahawks also signed quarterback Josh Booty, the former Florida Marlins player who left baseball to play football at Louisiana State.

Colts

One day before players were to report for training camp, Indianapolis signed defensive backs Cory Bird and Idrees Bashir, and said they expected to announce the signing of first-round pick Reggie Wayne on Thursday.

The Colts also signed tight end Marcus Pollard to a one-year contract worth $2.107 million.

Pollard's agent, Glenn Schwartzman, is trying to find a way to keep him with the Colts much longer.

''I think the talks are serious, but they're in the early stages,'' Schwartzman said. ''It's really the first time we've been able to talk since February.''

If Pollard had signed a long-term deal before July 15, the Colts would have had to keep the franchise tag on him for the length of the deal. Now, if Pollard signs a multiyear pact, the Colts can retain the label next season.

Bashir was a second-round pick, and Bird was chosen in the third round.

Dolphins

First-round draft pick Jamar Fletcher, a cornerback from Wisconsin, signed a five-year contract Wednesday, a day after the start of training camp.

''We're glad that we were able to get this contract finalized with Jamar,'' Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. ''As with any rookie, I felt it was important for him to get into training camp as early as possible.''

Fletcher, the 26th overall pick, led the Big Ten in interceptions three times before leaving after his junior year. He had 21 interceptions and 130 tackles in college and was an All-America selection last season.

Wannstedt said no one stood out after Wednesday's morning workout, but he was happy with quarterback Jay Fiedler, who completed his first eight attempts against the No. 1 defense.

Bills

Buffalo agreed to terms with its two second-round draft picks, defensive end Aaron Schobel and running back Travis Henry.

Linebacker Corey Moore, who was shot in the leg seven weeks ago, was placed on the physically unable to perform list. Moore and new coach Gregg Williams said they were both satisfied after an exchange of words when Moore failed to show up for a minicamp.

Henry will receive a four-year, $2.29 million deal that includes a $980,000 signing bonus. Schobel, selected 46th overall, 12 spots ahead of Henry, was expected to get a similar deal with a slightly larger signing bonus.

Of the 12 players chosen by the Bills in last April's draft, only first-round pick, Ohio State cornerback Nate Clements, remains unsigned.

Cowboys

Rookie defensive tackle Willie Blade dislocated a bone in his wrist and will be out 6-to-8 weeks.

''He can then begin contact and we'll make an evaluation then,'' coach Dave Campo said. ''There's a good possibility he can wear a cast the rest of the season.''

Blade will return to Dallas to visit a hand specialist. Surgery will be scheduled following that evaluation.

It's a tough blow because coaches were hoping the third-round pick could join Dimitrius Underwood in a rotation behind starters Brandon Noble and Michael Myers. He was specifically seen as Noble's possible backup at nose guard.

New York signed its second- and third-round picks, running back Lamont Jordan and offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie.

Jordan holds Maryland's career rushing record with 4,147 yards. McKenzie, 6-foot-6 and 327 pounds, played at Penn State.

The team also signed free-agent kicker Derek Schorjs, who was cut by Cleveland. He also has been in Cincinnati's camp.

Falcons

Atlanta had only an afternoon practice in a steady rain on a drenched field.

''Not the ideal weather to be working on your passing game,'' head coach Dan Reeves said.

''There are a lot of things we wanted to work on but you can't do them well in the rain. The ball weighs about 10 pounds to begin with. Still, I thought we got some things done and I was pleased with the goal line scrimmage at the end. For the first time to be hitting the goal line game, I thought we did a good job.''



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