Daunte Culpepper and the Minnesota Vikings reached an agreement yesterday to restructure the Pro Bowl quarterback's contract.
Rob Brzezinski, the team's vice president for football operations, said the new deal -- given the blessing of new owner Zygi Wilf -- has been in the works since January. Brzezinski declined to divulge specifics, other than to confirm that Culpepper was getting a raise from the terms of the 10-year, $102 million contract extension he signed in May 2003.
"He's a premier player in this league, and we felt like his contract needed an adjustment to reflect that," Brzezinski said. "Zygi stepped up, like he's done with everything else."
Culpepper's agent, Mason Ashe, didn't immediately return a phone call.
* EAGLES: Wide receiver Terrell Owens returned to practice after missing the last two days with inflammation in his left groin.
Owens participated in both the morning and afternoon sessions. After wearing full pads for the morning practice, players wore shells and shorts during a brief afternoon workout.
* CHIEFS: Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez was at practice last night after X-rays on his injured left foot showed no broken bones.
Gonzalez had surgery on the same foot in the offseason and is being limited to one practice a day during training camp. He was injured during a one-on-one drill Saturday night.
* BUCCANEERS: Tampa Bay signed tackle Todd Steussie less than two weeks after releasing him.
* PACKERS: Green Bay wide receiver Javon Walker injured his left hamstring and was held out the rest of the evening practice, but Walker didn't consider the injury to be serious.
Meantime, Mark Roman and rookie Nick Collins, working as the starting safeties, collided hard as they defended a pass play over the middle. Both players left the field under their own power but did not return.
* COWBOYS: Place kicker Jose Cortez signed with Dallas.
Cortez, who has kicked for four other NFL teams, worked out for the Cowboys on Saturday.