Robert Gallery, the second overall selection in the NFL draft, reached an agreement in principle on a contract yesterday with the Oakland Raiders.
Agent Rick Smith said by telephone that the terms of the deal were in place and the two sides were working out the final contract language.
The New York Giants and agent Tom Condon were negotiating in an attempt to complete a deal for quarterback Eli Manning, the top overall pick obtained in a draft-day trade with San Diego. The Giants report to training camp in Albany, N.Y., today and practice tomorrow.
Defensive tackle Tommie Harris, the 14th overall pick in the draft, signed with Chicago; linebacker D.J. Williams, the No. 17 pick, signed with Denver and running back Kevin Jones (Virginia Tech), No. 30, with Detroit. The Lions are still trying to sign their top pick, wide receiver Roy Williams, No. 7 overall. . . .
The Raiders are prepared to deal with what could be a lengthy holdout by star cornerback Charles Woodson. The Raiders placed the franchise tag on Woodson, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, in February and, with that designation, he would make about $8.8 million this season. However, Woodson hasn't signed the Raiders' offer. By not signing, he's technically not on the roster and can't be fined for missing practice when the team starts camp.
* RAMS: Kurt Warner was out of sight and out of mind on the first day of St. Louis's camp.
"To be honest, I wasn't even thinking about No. 13," wide receiver Torry Holt said after the first of two-a-day workouts. "He wasn't even in my thoughts."
Nor those of Marc Bulger, the uncontested number one quarterback.
"Our practice goes so quick and you're so worried about your own job, you don't have to sit there and ask where Kurt is right now," said Bulger, who is 18-4 as a regular season starter.
Warner signed with the Giants in June.
* BEARS: Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher could miss a week or more of practice after injuring his right hamstring in the team's first preseason practice, Coach Lovie Smith said. Urlacher was hurt during a scrimmage drill.
* PANTHERS: Steve Beuerlein signed with Carolina and then immediately retired, ending his 17-year career where he holds every passing record in team history.