Jones, Seymour make it to camp

Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Jacksonville Jaguars sure hope it doesn't take Matt Jones extra time to learn his new position.

After Jones missed the opening of training camp by holding out — he also missed most of minicamp and several summer workouts because of a sprained left hamstring — the former Arkansas quarterback signed a five-year, $8.45 million contract Tuesday with the Jaguars.

The deal could be worth up to $11.15 million with incentives and he will make $6.3 million his first year.

''I'm definitely excited,'' Jones said. ''I'm glad that everything got worked out and that I haven't missed too much. I'm ready to get out there and start making plays and helping the team win.''

The 21st overall pick, Jones is switching to tight end. He finished his Razorbacks career as the Southeastern Conference's top rushing quarterback, gaining 2,535 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns in 46 games.


Defensive lineman Richard Seymour, a three-time Pro Bowl player and key to the Patriots' defense, reached a new deal with New England. He was entering the fifth year of a six-year, $14.3 million contract he signed as a rookie in 2001. He has been on three Super Bowl championship teams with the Patriots.

With the retirement of linebacker Ted Johnson and with Tedy Bruschi sitting out the season after suffering a stroke, getting Seymour in camp was essential.


Brett Favre is in his best shape in years, thanks greatly to strength and conditioning coach Ken Croner of Athletes' Performance in Tempe, Ariz. They worked out in Mississippi for 50 minutes a day through June, and it worked wonders.

Favre reported to camp at 217 pounds, his lightest reporting weight since 1999, when he came in at 214 after giving up beer. Every year since, he had reported in the mid-220s.


Eagles president Joe Banner met with Terrell Owens, agent Drew Rosenhaus and coach Andy Reid for the first time Tuesday to try to resolve their differences over an ongoing contract dispute.

''Our expectations would be that he's here and he's here to stay,'' Banner said. ''Things happen that you don't expect, but what was said privately and what was said in the meeting would lead us to expect he's here and committed to seeing the season through.''

Owens wants to reopen his contract one season into the seven-year, $48.97 million deal he signed after coming to Philadelphia in March 2004.

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