Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, September 09, 2002

Chargers, Jammer agree to deal

SAN DIEGO -- Holdout cornerback Quentin Jammer and the San Diego Chargers have agreed in principle to a contract that includes $10.5 million in bonuses, a football source said Sunday.

Jammer, the fifth pick overall in April's draft, could be signed by Monday if the paperwork is completed. He missed Sunday's season opener at Cincinnati.

The deal was struck just days after Jammer and his agent, Mike Sullivan, said the player was prepared to sit out the season and re-enter the draft if he didn't get more money than the No. 6 pick, Kansas City defensive tackle Ryan Sims.

Sims reportedly will get $13 million over the first three seasons of his deal.

Jammer will receive $13.2 million over the first three years of his deal, the source said. He will get a $6 million signing bonus and a $4.5 million option bonus.

Jammer and the Chargers had been $900,000 apart for weeks, with the player seeking $13.5 million over the first three seasons and the Chargers offering $12.6 million.

Chargers general manager John Butler would not comment, team spokesman Bill Johnston said from Cincinnati.

''They're still working on final details,'' Johnston said.

Jammer starred at Texas, and the Chargers envisioned him as a starter when they drafted him.

Kearse will be out 6-8 weeks with broken foot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse broke a bone in his left foot in the opening minutes of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles and will be out 6-8 weeks.

Kearse will have surgery Monday, coach Jeff Fisher said.

''Obviously, we're going to have to go on,'' Fisher said. ''We've lost a great player for six to eight weeks.''

The three-time Pro Bowler was chasing Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb on the Eagles' second play from scrimmage when Kearse hurdled teammate Henry Ford. He immediately grabbed his left foot as he landed. Kearse tried to walk to the sideline but stopped and had to be helped by trainers.

Team officials initially described the injury as a sprained foot, but X-rays showed Kearse broke the fifth metatarsal.

He later watched from the sideline wearing a boot on his left foot and holding crutches.

Kearse is only the third player in NFL history with double-digit sacks in each of his first three seasons with 36. He had not missed a start in his NFL career.

Raiders' Crockett injured against Seahawks

OAKLAND, Calif. --Oakland Raiders running back Zack Crockett was taken off the field on a cart Sunday after injuring his neck while covering a punt against Seattle.

Crockett was hit from behind by the Seahawks' Tim Terry as Crockett tackled punt returner Bobby Engram late in the first quarter.

Crockett spent more than five minutes lying motionless on the Coliseum field before team doctors strapped him to a board and took him away. Sam Adams and Charles Woodson were among several players who touched Crockett before he left.

He was able to move his arms and legs but was taken to a local hospital for tests.

Crockett has been a valuable backup running back and special-teams player in his four seasons with the Raiders.

He ran for 145 yards last season and had six touchdowns as Oakland's short-yardage specialist.

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