Running back Jamal Anderson agreed to a five-year, $32 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons after nearly four hours of talks yesterday.
Anderson will get a signing bonus of $7.5 million, becoming the highest-paid player in Atlanta history.
Anderson, who set a franchise record with 1,846 yards rushing and an NFL mark with 410 carries as the Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl last season, will join the team for a light practice this afternoon. He won't play in Friday night's exhibition game against Detroit.
MOVES: The Minnesota Vikings reached a financial settlement with top draft pick Dimitrius Underwood, who left camp after his first workout. Underwood's approximately $543,000 in bonus funds, most of which were frozen at his bank upon his disappearance, will be returned to the team and Underwood will be waived. . . . The Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms with their first-round draft choice, DE Lamar King, and free agent WR Michael Jackson. . . . The Indianapolis Colts signed veteran QB Steve Walsh and released QB Stoney Case. . . . The New Orleans Saints signed S Willie Clay.
INJURIES: Buffalo Bills FB Shawn Bryson is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. . . . Kansas City Chiefs DE John Browning is out indefinitely after tearing his right Achilles' tendon. . . . New York Jets QB Vinny Testaverde's jammed thumb won't keep him out of Saturday's preseason game.