William Perry, the Chicago Bears' first-round draft choice, yesterday signed a four-year contract worth about $1.4 million and practiced with the team.
Perry, whose nickname at Clemson University was "the Refrigerator," is to be paid "right in the ballpark of $1.4 million," if he meets the weight provisions in his contract, his agent said. Perry, 22, weighed as much as 360 pounds in college. His agent said that about one-third of the total package with the Bears hinges on Perry keeping his weight down.
*Saints: Quarterback Richard Todd agreed to a one-year contract for about $665,000 in base salary.
Offensive tackle Stan Brock and tackle Daren Gilbert, a second-round draft choice from Cal State-Fullerton, signed, too.
The Saints cut eight-year veteran tackle Chris Ward and fourth-year defensive end Reggie Lewis.
*Browns: Linebacker Stuart Anderson of Virginia, a former Washington Redskin, was among nine players cut.
*Chiefs: Chris Jackson, a center from Southern Methodist, became Kansas City's first draft choice to be waived. He was an 11th-round pick.
*Cardinals: First-round pick Freddie Joe Nunn, a linebacker from Mississippi, signed a five-year contract worth $1.8 million, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
*Bills: Buffalo waived 10, including veteran linebacker Steve Porter.
*Jets: Jojo Townsell, a star receiver from the USFL, signed. New York also reacquired defensive end Ben Rudolph, who played in the USFL's recent season.
Coach Joe Walton denied that receiver Wesley Walker and a draft choice would be traded to Cleveland for outside linebacker Chip Banks.
*Bengals: Outside linebacker Reggie Williams, Cincinnati's nine-year starter, is being tried on the inside in hopes of giving rookie Emanuel King a chance to play.
Rookie wide receiver Mike Lewis from Maryland was one of two players waived.
*Falcons: Atlanta waived six players, including former Duke University quarterback Ben Bennett and veteran safety Blaine Gaison. Defensive end Don Smith and guard R.C. Thielemann, two veteran free agents negotiating new contracts, have not yet reported to camp.
*Dolphins: Miami became the fourth NFL team in three seasons to cut fullback Dwayne Crutchfield and also released Mark Smythe, a free-agent defensive end. Safety Lyle Blackwood signed a two-year contract.
*Giants: New York signed punter Sean Landeta, who averaged 41.8 yards per punt last season with the USFL Baltimore Stars. He reportedly will get $500,000 over three years. Quarterback Phil Simms, who needed three stitches in his right hand after Saturday's Hall of Fame Game, did not practice.
*Eagles: General Manager Harry Gamble said he won't renegotiate any contracts and threatened to suspend five holdouts without pay for a year. They are running back Wilbert Montgomery, wide receiver Mike Quick, linebacker Jerry Robinson, offensive tackle Dean Miraldi and defensive end Dennis Harrison. They want to be traded if the Eagles won't renegotiate their contracts. Meantime, they've refused to report to camp.
*Patriots: Rookie Gerard Phelan, Doug Flutie's main target at Boston College, left New England's practice with an injured knee. There was no word on its seriousness.
*Buccaneers: Tampa Bay waived seven players, including free agent running back Vagas Ferguson, a 1980 first-round draft choice of the New England Patriots.
First-round draft choice Ron Holmes, a defensive end, signed a four-year contract reportedly worth $2 million. Tampa Bay also signed free-agent defensive end Robert Brannon, who played in the USFL in 1985.