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Bush Agrees to Six-Year Deal With the Saints, Will Report Today

Associated Press
Sunday, July 30, 2006; E05

Reggie Bush agreed to a six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints last night and the Heisman Trophy winner will report to training camp today. A source with direct knowledge of the negotiations said the deal had been agreed to, but that he couldn't disclose financial terms.

Reached by phone at his home in New York, Bush's agent, Joel Segal, said he wouldn't comment until a deal had been signed. However, he said he was traveling to Jackson, Miss., to meet with Bush and the Saints.

· PANTHERS : All-Pro wide receiver Steve Smith was carted off the field with a hamstring injury in Spartanburg, S.C., on the opening day of training camp.

Smith pulled up while running a long route down the left sideline. He immediately clutched his left hamstring, took a couple of steps and fell to the ground.

Two trainers came to his side, and Smith slowly got to his feet after about a minute.

"It seems like he probably strained it," Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney said. "He's done this before in training camp."

Smith led the NFL with 103 receptions for 1,563 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

· PACKERS : First came his wedding. Then what he called all the "lawyer stuff" with his contract.

Finally, first-round pick A.J. Hawk, a linebacker, can concentrate on football. Hawk signed a six-year deal in the morning and participated in his first training camp practice later in the day.

Hawk's agent, Mike McCartney, and Green Bay agreed in principle to a six-year deal on Friday, but it wasn't finalized in time for Hawk to practice that night.

A person familiar with the deal, who requested anonymity, said that it was worth $37.5 million.

· COLTS : First-round draft pick Joseph Addai, the heir apparent to Edgerrin James, signed a five-year deal with a maximum value of just more than $11 million, according to a source close to the negotiations.

Addai, a running back from LSU, was taken 30th overall.

· EAGLES: Reggie Brown, expected to battle to be Philadelphia's No. 1 wide receiver, injured his hamstring in practice at Lehigh University. Brown limped off the field after running one pass route. The team would not comment on the injury.

· BENGALS : Cornerback Johnathan Joseph agreed to a five-year deal that ensured Cincinnati's top pick was under contract before the first training camp workout.

· LIONS: Second-round draft pick Daniel Bullocks signed a four-year deal. The safety from Nebraska missed the first day of camp.

· BROWNS : Rookie wide receiver Travis Wilson, the only Cleveland draft pick not in training camp, ended his three-day holdout by signing a four-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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