First-round pick agrees to terms with Colts

Updated: July 31, 2003, 10:00 PM ET

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- First-round pick Dallas Clark has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts, and tight end from Iowa was expected to sign a contract in time to practice with the team Friday, agent Neil Cornrich said.

Cornrich said Thursday the contract prohibited him from discussing terms of the deal. The Colts did not comment.

Clark, the only tight end selected in the first round of April's NFL draft, was the Colts' last remaining holdout. Cornrich said Clark was already in Terre Haute and eager to work with the offense when the Colts resume two-a-day workouts Friday.

"Dallas is elated for the opportunity to play with Peyton (Manning) and in coach (Tom) Moore's offense," Cornrich said. "He's looking to make a commitment in mind and body."

The Colts expect Clark to start in their two tight-end formations, a staple of Moore's offense.

Last year, without a second legitimate receiving threat at tight end, the offense was sluggish at times.

Indianapolis took Clark with the 24th selection, believing he could fill the void and give Manning, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, another scoring threat.

"He hopes to have the success, Peyton, Edgerrin (James) and Dwight Freeney have had," Cornrich said, referring to three recent Colts' first-round picks.

The Colts were missing three players when they opened practice, but they signed two holdouts -- safety Mike Doss, a second-round pick from Ohio State, and cornerback Donald Strickland, a third-rounder from Colorado, on Wednesday.

It was after practice that Clark agreed to his deal.

Strickland signed a three-year contract worth $1.34 million. Doss' agent, Kevin Poston, would not discuss terms of the deal, but team president Bill Polian said he had proposed a four-year, $2.5 million contract with a voidable fifth-year.

Doss practiced for the first time Thursday during a special-teams session. Strickland could miss more than a week with a groin injury coach Tony Dungy called "fairly significant."

Clark isn't expected to miss any more time.

"When they come in the door and they have their pads on, that's when we know they're here," Dungy said.

Clark caught 43 passes for 742 yards and four touchdowns last season at Iowa before leaving school after his junior season, when the Hawkeyes shared the Big Ten title with national champion Ohio State.

He spent only two seasons as a tight end after moving from linebacker and won last year's John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end. The award was named for the Colts Hall-of-Fame tight end.

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