Star defensive lineman Richard Seymour reached a deal for more money with the New England Patriots, ending his four-day holdout from training camp.
Seymour, a three-time Pro Bowl player, had two years left on a six-year, $14.3 million contract he signed as a rookie in 2001. He has been on three Super Bowl championship teams with the Patriots.
"We are very pleased that this situation has been resolved and that our complete focus can move back to the field," said a statement released yesterday by the team and player. The Patriots did not disclose the terms of the deal.
Seymour was expected to report to camp yesterday, Coach Bill Belichick said, but Seymour did not attend the team's morning practice.
"We're happy with Richard coming back to camp and look forward to seeing him out there on the field," Belichick said at his daily briefing.
* JAGUARS: First-round draft pick Matt Jones, switching to wide receiver after playing quarterback at Arkansas, ended a four-day holdout by signing a five-year, $8.45 million contract.
The deal could be worth up to $11.15 million with incentives. He will make $6.3 million his first year.
"I'm definitely excited," said Jones, who joined camp for the first time yesterday afternoon. "I'm glad that everything got worked out and that I haven't missed too much."
Jones, the 21st pick overall, missed the first three days of camp. The Jaguars wanted to avoid a long holdout, especially since Jones is changing positions and learning a new offense.
* EAGLES: Defensive end Jerome McDougle was discharged from a South Florida hospital, and police said three teenagers were arrested in connection with his shooting.
McDougle, 27, was shot late Thursday after three armed robbers approached him while he was sitting in his silver Mercedes coupe in southwest Miami. McDougle, who played at the University of Miami, had been visiting relatives.
"His prognosis is good," said David V. Shatz of Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where McDougle was taken after the shooting. "He will recover fully and be able to go back to training in about six weeks."
* GIANTS: Defensive back Corey Webster, New York's second-round draft pick, signed a contract and participated in drills at the team's evening practice.
Webster, a two-time all-American at LSU, was the team's last unsigned player. Contract details were not immediately disclosed.
* COLTS: Center Jeff Saturday missed practice because of a strained right hamstring and most likely will not play this weekend in the exhibition opener in Japan against the Atlanta Falcons.
Coach Tony Dungy said the team was awaiting results from an MRI exam to determine the severity of the injury.
* DOLPHINS: Miami signed center Alonzo Ephraim, one day after center Wade Smith sustained a broken right forearm. Smith is expected to be out until the early part of the regular season. To make room on the roster for Ephraim, the Dolphins waived linebacker Derek Curry, signed in April as an undrafted free agent.
* BEARS: Cornerback Jerry Azumah left training camp to seek a second medical opinion on his sore hip. Azumah went to Denver to see an orthopedic specialist at the request of the team. Coach Lovie Smith said he thinks the team will know more about the injury by today.