Friday, July 22, 2005
Wilson follows father into NFL
ESPN.com news services
Detroit Lions: Cornerback Stanley Wilson, a third-round choice, has signed a three-year, $1.49 million contract.
The former Stanford standout, who is the son of the onetime Bengals fullback of the same name, is the third of the Lions' six picks in the 2005 draft to reach a contract agreement.
Wilson received a $568,050 signing bonus and the standard minimum base salaries of $230,000 (in 2005), $310,000 (2006) and $385,000 (2007). His cap charge for 2005 will be $419,350. Wilson was the 72nd player chosen overall.
A three-year starter in college, Wilson finished his career with five interceptions and 16 passes defensed. Wilson was a star on the Stanford track team as well, has great speed and blossomed as a solid cover player in 2004.
-- Len Pasquarelli
• Wide receiver David Kircus has been ordered to pay $850 in fines and court costs for driving drunk.
Hudsonville District Judge Kenneth D. Post also sentenced Kircus to one day of jail, with credit for one day served at the time of his arrest. He pleaded guilty July 6 to a misdemeanor count of operating under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested on June 25.
San Diego Chargers: Darren Sproles, a rookie running back and kick returner, agreed to a four-year contract.
Sproles was drafted out of Kansas State in the fourth round. He set the school career rushing record with 4,979 yards, which ranks 11th in the NCAA career history.
The Chargers have three unsigned draft picks, including both first-rounders, outside linebacker Shawne Merriman and defensive tackle Luis Castillo. Also unsigned is wide receiver Vincent Jackson, a second-rounder.
Chargers rookies are scheduled to report Monday, with their first practice on Tuesday morning.
New England Patriots: Third-round draft pick Ellis Hobbs signed with the team.
Hobbs, a cornerback and kick returner, was the 84th overall
pick. At 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, he made 209 career tackles and
had nine interceptions while starting 38 of 49 games at Iowa State.
He earned first-team All Big 12 honors in 2004 with five
interceptions and 71 tackles.
Hobbs also returned 24 kickoffs for 490 yards.
To make room on the roster, the Patriots released rookie running
back DeCori Birmingham, who was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas on April 29.
Miami Dolphins: Draft picks Travis Daniels and Manuel Wright signed four-year contracts and will be in training camp for the start of practice Monday.
Daniels, a fourth-round pick who played for new Miami coach Nick Saban at Louisiana State, received a $458,000 signing bonus. His deal includes a potential $1.4 million incentive bonus in the final year.
Wright, a defensive tackle from Southern Cal, was taken in the
fifth round of the supplemental draft.
St. Louis Rams: Tight end Jerome Collins, the team's fifth-round draft pick, signed a three-year contract.
Collins is the fifth of the Rams' 11 draft picks to sign.
None of the players selected in the first three rounds,
including first-round pick Alex Barron, an offensive tackle from
Florida State, have signed.
Collins, the 144th overall selection, spent most of his career as a linebacker and defensive end at Notre Dame before switching to tight end his senior year. He caught six passes for 67 yards.
New York Jets: The Jets signed seventh-round
pick Harry Williams Jr. on Friday.
Williams, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound receiver out of Tuskegee, finished his career with 83 receptions for 1,584 yards and eight touchdowns. He also averaged 23.8 yards on kickoff returns.
Williams is the fourth Jets draft choice to sign a contract, following third-round selection Sione Pouha, fifth-round pick Andre
Maddox and sixth-round selection Cedric Houston. The Jets report to
training camp Thursday.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Defensive end Shaun Nua signed a multi-year contract, becoming the fourth draft pick to sign with the team.
Nua, chosen in the seventh round in April, played in 11 games during his senior season at Brigham Young,
posting 34 tackles with eight tackles for losses, eight sacks and
one forced fumble.
Kansas City Chiefs:
Wide receiver Derrick Alexander signed a contract with the Chiefs on Friday so he could retire as a member of the Chiefs.
Alexander, who has not played football since 2002 when he played for the Minnesota Vikings, had 417 catches for 6,971 yards with 40
touchdowns and 16 rushes for 210 yards during his NFL career.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pounder played for the Chiefs from 1998 through 2001, appearing in 60 games. He was among the most productive pass catchers in franchise history, catching 213 passes for 3,685 yards with 19 TDs. He set a team single-season record in 2000 with 1,391 receiving yards.
Alexander, who lives in Kansas City, also played with Cleveland from 1994 to 1995, and with Baltimore from 1996 to 1997.
The Vikings filled out their roster for training camp, signing wide receiver Siaha Burley and running back Adimchinobe Echemandu.
Burley was a favorite target of quarterback Daunte Culpepper in college, when they were teammates at Central Florida. Burley has
spent the past five seasons in the Arena Football League, earning
Player of the Year honors for 2005 after totaling 45 touchdown catches in 16 games -- one shy of the AFL record.
Echemandu, drafted in the seventh round by Cleveland last year, appeared in three games with the Browns and had eight carries for
25 yards. He went by the name Joe Echema prior to the 2003 season,
when he finished an injury-riddled career at Cal with 1,434 yards
The Vikings report to camp next Friday.
Green Bay Packers: The Packers signed sixth-round pick Craig Bragg on Friday.
Bragg set a UCLA record with 193 career receptions for 2,845 yards (second all-time) and scored 23 career touchdowns, including two rushing and two on punt returns.
The 6-foot-1, 195 pound Bragg is the only UCLA receiver to lead
the school in receptions for four consecutive seasons and also the
lone Bruin with at least 50 receptions in two separate seasons.
Packers rookies are scheduled to report for training camp Monday and practice Wednesday. He is the sixth of the team's 11 picks to sign.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.