Packers CB Al Harris agreed to a five-year extension worth about $19 million, including more than $7 million in bonuses, his agent, Jack Bechta, confirmed yesterday.
Bechta said he and Packers chief negotiator Andrew Brandt had been talking since July about a new deal for Harris, who will make $1.35 million this season.
Talks heated up after the 29-year-old Harris, a second-year starter, capitalized on holdout CB Mike McKenzie's absence to showcase his work ethic and take rookies Ahmad Carroll and Joey Thomas under his tutelage, along with former Canadian Leaguer Jason Horton, during training camp.
"The trust between the coaches and Al has skyrocketed," Bechta said.
Harris's play and leadership in training camp prompted the Packers to get a deal done now rather than risk letting Harris become an unrestricted free agent after the season, said Mike Sherman, the team's coach and general manager.
Harris refused to call it ironic that he got the big boost in pay that McKenzie has been angling for by staying away all offseason and threatening to retire if he is not traded.
"Honestly, I haven't been thinking about any contract stuff," Harris said. "Just going out and playing. You know what I mean? Because your play really dictates what happens on the business part of it."
* MINNESOTA TACKLE RE-UPS: RT Mike Rosenthal signed a six-year contract extension with the Vikings.
The deal was worth about $15 million, including $3 million in guaranteed money.
Rosenthal is in his second season with the Vikings, who play their first regular season game Sunday against Dallas. He is in the final year of a two-year contract he signed before the 2003 season.
With Rosenthal's extension, four of Minnesota's five offensive line starters -- LT Bryant McKinnie, LG Chris Liwienski and C Matt Birk -- are signed through at least the 2006 season.
* GIANTS' WALKER OUT: Giants CB Frank Walker broke a bone in his right foot and will not play in today's opener against the Eagles. It is not clear how long Walker will be sidelined, Giants spokesman Avis Roper said.
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