Quarterback Brady Quinn signed to a five-year contract yesterday with the Cleveland Browns, ending an 11-day holdout that essentially eliminated his chances to begin the season as the team's starter.
The deal, worth $20.2 million, with $7.75 million guaranteed, could reach $30 million over five years with incentives. Quinn, a four-year starter at Notre Dame, was projected as a top 10 pick in April's draft. When he slipped deeper into the first round, the Browns traded a 2008 first-round pick to Dallas and selected the Ohio native and childhood Browns fan at No. 22.
Quinn's absence has all but ensured he will not win the starting job, which has become a two-man contest between Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson.
Surgery for Porter
Miami linebacker Joey Porter
was up walking soon after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery for the third time in two years. Porter, who signed a guaranteed $20 million deal with Miami, is expected to be out at least two weeks . . . Starting left tackle Jammal Brown
gave the Saints a scare when he was carted from the practice field after crumpling with a right knee injury. However, there was no ligament damage and the injury was diagnosed as a bone bruise . . . Chiefs starting left tackle Damion McIntosh
could miss an extended period with a knee injury. "He's hurting," coach Herm Edwards
said. "Right now he's week-to-week." Will Svitek
, a converted defensive lineman, will take over at left tackle despite having played in only three games during his NFL career.
Jones back at it
Seahawks Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones
returned to practice for the first time in five days, although his right shoulder was still sore . . . Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens
returned to practice after missing two days because of back spasms . . . Safety Mike Minter
, the Panthers' career leader in games started and tackles, blamed achy knees in announcing his retirement after 10 seasons . . . Jaguars receiver Ernest Wilford
sprained his left knee and had to be helped off the field, though the team called the injury minor . . . Giants linebacker Gerris Wilkinson
will miss at least two weeks after dislocating his right knee . . . Safety Terrence Kiel
, who was released by the Chargers in March, was sentenced to three years probation on a misdemeanor charge of shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas.
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