No Pittsburgh Steelers rookie has ever made as much money as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He didn't take long to start earning it.
Roethlisberger, the 11th pick in the draft, signed a six-year contract yesterday that could be worth $40 million.
The contract includes $22,269,500 worth of salaries and various bonuses and $17,730,500 in incentives -- including $4,875,000 in playing time bonuses easily reachable for a starting quarterback.
The deal, reached following lengthy talks that began early Monday and extended into yesterday morning, includes a Steelers record $9,009,000 in bonuses: $600,000 (signing bonus, payable immediately), $1,172,000 (roster bonus, payable by Aug. 10) and $7,237,000 (option bonus, payable March 5).
Three hours after arriving at camp, Roethlisberger attended a quarterbacks meeting. He will be on the field for two practices today, one at a high school before a crowd that could reach 10,000.
"I'm excited, nervous, all the same feelings I had at minicamp," he said. "Once I get out and throw the first couple of passes, it will be a relief and I'm sure it will come back to me."
* COLTS: Peyton Manning's security blanket has gotten too heavy.
Tarik Glenn, Indianapolis's starter at left tackle the past six seasons, was kept out of practice because he was overweight.
Coach Tony Dungy said he set two weight limits for Glenn to meet. One was his optimal playing weight, the other was agreed upon with trainers as a precaution for the long, hot days of training camp. Dungy declined to say what Glenn weighed in at yesterday.
"We've had a range for him since I've been here and it's been ratcheting up every year," Dungy said. "He was close, close and now he's over."
Dungy said that when Glenn, listed at 6 feet 5, 332 pounds, lost some weight he would be allowed to practice. Until then, he will watch.
* BILLS: Tackle Mike Williams failed to show for practice and will be fined by the team.
Team president Tom Donahoe said Williams was scheduled to attend yesterday's session after being excused Monday for personal reasons. Donahoe said Williams will be fined again if he fails to attend either of today's practices.
Neither Williams nor agent David Dunn could be reached to comment.
* JETS: First-round pick Jonathan Vilma injured his left calf during the morning practice and sat out the afternoon session.
Injuries seem to be mounting for New York. Defensive tackle Josh Evans sprained his left knee and missed the afternoon session. Key free agent acquisitions Eric Barton and Reggie Tongue also missed practice with leg injuries. All three are day-to-day.
* DOLPHINS: Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against Miami tight end Randy McMichael, arrested and accused of hitting his wife in late June.
Assistant State Attorney Brian Trehy said he would not pursue charges against McMichael and his wife because the facts of the case probably would not have resulted in a conviction in a jury trial.
McMichael had been charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Police arrested him and his wife at their home on June 29. His pregnant wife, Cawanna, faced a domestic battery charge, which also was dropped.
* TITANS: Linebacker Peter Sirmon probably will miss the season with torn ligaments in his left knee.
Sirmon twisted the knee Monday in limited contact drills during the first practice in full pads.
"It felt like something was definitely wrong when I first did it," he said. "It felt like my knee kind of came apart."
Sirmon limped off the field and trainers iced the knee, but no one initially believed the injury was very serious. An MRI exam revealed torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments.
* FALCONS: A day after agreeing to a five-year, $25 million contract, first-round draft pick DeAngelo Hall reported and attended meetings for most of the day. The former Virginia Tech cornerback missed a morning workout, but got on the field in a night session, still the starter despite a six-day holdout.
"I'm glad all that is taken care of so I can focus on football," Hall said. "It was something we all were prepared for. I met with the coaches before camp, getting ready to go.
Quarterback Michael Vick, meantime, returned to practice during the evening session after missing the previous two sessions with a blister on his left thumb.
"We think he'll be ready for the opener," Coach Jim Mora Jr. quipped.