Running back Blair Thomas, the New York Jets' first-round draft choice and the second overall pick in the April draft, ended his holdout yesterday and reported to the team.
Jets spokesman Frank Ramos said Thomas had agreed to a series of one-year contracts.
"I'm glad it's over, I'm happy he's in," General Manager Dick Steinberg said of Thomas, the second all-time rusher in Penn State history with 3,301 yards.
Thomas, who had knee surgery and missed the 1988 season, returned last season to gain 1,134 yards in 264 carries. He fell 97 yards short of Curt Warner's all-time Penn State rushing record.
Bills: Holdout Shane Conlan has agreed to a contract extension and is expected to report for practice Monday.
Conlan, a two-time Pro Bowl linebacker, reached an agreement with the Bills Friday, said Ralph Cindrich, his agent.
"It turns out to be a very good deal for both sides," Cindrich said.
Colts: The arrest of linebacker Chip Banks for drunken driving is the latest chapter in the agony of preseason training for Indianapolis.
Tossed into the mixture is the continued turmoil over Eric Dickerson, the walkout from training camp and eventual trade of quarterback Chris Chandler and the continued holdouts of four unsigned veterans.
Banks, 29, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated Thursday night after passing a state police car on Interstate 69 near Anderson, Ind., where the Colts were holding their preseason training camp.
The future of Banks, who was traded to the Colts from San Diego last season, is uncertain because of his past. Before joining Indianapolis he had four arrests for cocaine and marijuana possession and had been suspended by the NFL.
According to NFL substance abuse regulations, another offense could mean a lifetime ban from the game.
"It was speeding, mostly speeding," Banks said when questioned by a reporter from The Indianapolis News late Friday.
Asked if there was alcohol involved in his arrest, the linebacker responded: "No, not to my knowledge."
Cowboys: Wide receiver Alexander Wright, a second-round draft choice from Auburn, has agreed to contract terms.
The terms of the contract were not disclosed. Wright missed training camp and the first two exhibition games in a holdout.
The Cowboys have yet to sign first-round draft pick Emmitt Smith of Florida. Smith has re-enrolled at the university and said he plans to attend school if the Cowboys don't upgrade their offer.
Wright and Smith have the same agents, Richard Howell and Pat Dye Jr., both of Atlanta.
Eagles: Linebacker Byron Evans hopes to earn his way to a starting position after ending a six-week holdout for a new million-dollar contract.
"I'm looking forward to getting back into it," Evans said Friday. The four-year veteran said he wants to be back in the starting lineup before the Sept. 9 opener against the New York Giants.
His signing leaves the team with just two veterans still absent from camp in contract disputes.
Agent Ted Updike said the two-year contract was worth just under $1 million total, plus incentives.
Evans was the starting middle linebacker for the Eagles last season. He now has to battle current starter Britt Hager for the job.
Evans started all 16 games last year, as well as the playoffs.
He led the team in tackles last season with 184 and had two quarterback sacks and three interceptions.
Patriots: Acquired rookie offensive guard Eric Still from the Houston Oilers. Still, a fourth-round draft pick, was traded for an undisclosed conditional draft pick. The 6-foot-3-inch, 279-pounder was the 99th player chosen in the 1990 NFL draft.
Seahawks: Acquired wide receiver John Ford, a former Virginia star, from the Detroit Lions.
The Seahawks gave up an undisclosed draft pick in the trade, which will be finalized Sunday when Ford is given a physical.