Tailback Brian Westbrook has ended his holdout from the Philadelphia Eagles' training camp.
Westbrook reported to the Eagles' camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., late Sunday and participated in this morning's practice. He had surprised team officials when he failed to report with the club's veteran players last Monday. The Eagles had been negotiating a long-term contract with Westbrook and his agent, Fletcher Smith, but those talks were not progressing to Westbrook's satisfaction.
The tailback had to report to camp by today or he would not have been credited with an accrued season under the terms of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, and become eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring. Players who are under contract must report to their teams' training camps at least 30 days prior to the regular season to be credited.
During the offseason, Westbrook signed the one-year, $1.43 million contract tender that the Eagles made to him in restricted free agency. If Westbrook hadn't signed that contract, he could have reported to the team as late as 10 games into the regular season and still been credited with an accrued season, and the Eagles could not have fined him for missing training camp.
Westbrook amassed $42,000 in fines for his holdout.
Law Agrees With Jets
The New York Jets have reached a tentative agreement with free-agent cornerback Ty Law and are making plans to officially introduce him today if he passes a physical.
The four-time Pro Bowl selection was released by the New England Patriots in February, a move that saved the defending Super Bowl champions $9.8 million on this season's salary cap. He is regarded around the league as one of the NFL's top cornerbacks -- if not the top cornerback -- when he's healthy, but he's working his way back from a severe foot injury that caused him to miss the second half of last season.
The Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars also pursued Law intently, but he made it clear that he wanted to play in New York and for Jets Coach Herman Edwards if a deal could be worked out. Law's agent, Carl Poston, spent the past four days in the New York area working on a deal with Mike Tannenbaum, the Jets' assistant general manager.
The contract is filled with incentives that apparently could push the value of the deal close to Law's $6 million-per-season asking price.
Feeley to Start Against Bears
A.J. Feeley is scheduled to start at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins in tonight's Hall of Fame Game against the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio. Feeley and Gus Frerotte are vying for the Dolphins' starting job. Frerotte is scheduled to play tonight despite a sore arm that caused him to miss practice Saturday. The game is the preseason NFL head-coaching debut of Dolphins Coach Nick Saban, and the return of Miami tailback Ricky Williams after his one-year retirement.
Rex Grossman is scheduled to start at quarterback for the Bears, marking his first game action since he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament early last season. Grossman and Chicago's other offensive starters probably will remain in the game for about 15 offensive plays. . . .
Tight end Freddie Jones, who was signed by the Carolina Panthers as a free agent in the offseason, announced his retirement Sunday. Jones, 30, has 404 catches in eight NFL seasons, including 45 receptions last season for the Arizona Cardinals. . . .
Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon made his retirement official over the weekend. The former league most valuable player didn't play after breaking a vertebra in his neck during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early last season, and already has launched a broadcasting career. . . .
The Buccaneers, beset by injuries to their offensive linemen, re-signed two tackles that they previously had released, Jeff Hatch and Todd Steussie. . . .
The St. Louis Rams signed offensive tackle Matt Willig and defensive tackle John Parrella. . . .
The Eagles may have lost wide receiver Todd Pinkston for the entire season because of a ruptured Achilles' tendon, but the defending NFC champions actually have decent depth at the position, even after releasing Freddie Mitchell in the offseason. Greg Lewis likely becomes the starter opposite Terrell Owens, and second-round draft pick Reggie Brown has an opportunity to become the club's No. 3 receiver. The Eagles placed Pinkston on the injured reserve list this morning, officially ending his season. . . .
Owens participated in practice Sunday after missing two days of practices because of a strained groin muscle. But Owens's interaction boycott apparently extends beyond media members. He declined to join the Eagles' other wide receivers in an autograph session for fans, instead heading directly to the locker room to receive medical treatment for his injury. . . .
The Dallas Cowboys expect rookie defensive end Marcus Spears to miss about a month after he sprained his right medial collateral ligament and right ankle and pulled a groin muscle during practice Friday. The Cowboys actually were relieved, believing initially that Spears's injuries might be season-ending. They're hopeful of having him back by the regular season. Spears was one of the team's two first-round draft picks in April. . . .
The Pittsburgh Steelers have some concerns about a sore knee that has been plaguing tailback Duce Staley. Staley was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam over the weekend. . . .
The Minnesota Vikings and Daunte Culpepper agreed to a reworking of the quarterback's 10-year, $102 million contract signed in May 2003. The original deal contained about $15 million in bonus money. It appears that the new deal adds $7.5 million to that guaranteed-money total. . . .
The four-year contract extension signed by tailback Domanick Davis with the Houston Texans is worth $20.77 million, including $7 million in bonuses. The deal runs through the 2009 season. The third-year pro had one season remaining on his original NFL contract with a $380,000 salary for this season, meaning that he is to earn $21.15 million over the next five seasons. He topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.