Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Redskins' first pick Rogers gets five-year contract
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Washington Redskins: Cornerback Carlos Rogers, the ninth overall pick in the 2005 draft, has agreed to a five-year contract.
The deal is worth a maximum of $17.45 million over the life of the contract with $11.23 million in bonuses. He was the first of the Redskins' two picks in the first round.
Rogers is suffering from a first-degree ankle sprain and a bone bruise in his right foot that will limit him in camp.
He was four-year starter at Auburn. As a senior in 2004, he started all 13 games and finished with 47 total tackles, two interceptions and eight passes broken up.
No. 25 overall selection Jason Campbell reported to camp after signing a five-year, $7.5 million contract.
Campbell's deal includes $5.3 million in bonus money and could
be worth nearly $24 million if all incentives are met.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Quarterback-turned-wide receiver Matt Jones, the 21st player taken in the first round, signed a five-year contract with the team.
Jones, who is one of the most intriguing prospects in recent drafts and a superb all-around athlete who most scouts felt could make the transition to wide receiver, signed a contract with a base value of $8.45 million. The deal includes $6.07 million in guarantees.
"I'm definitely excited," said Jones, who joined camp for the
first time Tuesday afternoon. "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 former Arkansas star, a starter at quarterback for 3½ seasons with the Razorbacks, has size and speed. He demonstrated to scouts at the Senior Bowl that he could play wide receiver and then, at 6-feet-6 and 240 pounds, opened eyes at the combine by clocking a 4.4-second 40. During subsequent workouts, Jones was timed in the 4.3s.
Jones suffered a hamstring injury during the offseason but has recovered from that and should be ready to compete full-out in training camp. The Jacksonville coaches, and several teammates, have said that Jones made tremendous progress the past month in playing wide receiver.
"It's not that so much time has been missed that he's really
behind," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "We'll get him caught
up to speed, and it should be something that's in our rear view
mirror very quickly."
At Arkansas, Jones accounted for 8,392 yards. He completed 417 of 755 passes for 5,857 yards, with 53 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions. He ran for 2,535 yards and 24 touchdowns on 382 carries, and established an SEC record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback.
New York Giants: Defensive back Corey Webster, the team's second-round draft pick, signed a contract and was expected at training camp Tuesday.
Webster, out of LSU, was the team's last unsigned player. Contract details were not immediately disclosed.
"I am not going to hold it against him," coach Tom Coughlin said after Tuesday morning's workout. "I am disappointed, but that's part of the business and he'll be out there later today."
Webster, a two-time All-American, was the Giants' top draft pick. The team had traded its No. 1 pick to San Diego last season in the deal that brought quarterback Eli Manning to New York.
Webster is expected to contribute as a nickel defensive back and possibly challenge incumbent cornerback Will Allen for a starting slot.
Information from ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press was used in this report.