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Jets rookie Revis ends holdout

The New York Jets signed first-round pick Darrelle Revis yesterday, ending the touted cornerback's lengthy holdout.

Revis, selected 14th overall after New York traded up to draft him, missed 22 practices -- including yesterday's single session -- since training camp started July 27.

"It was tough," Revis said. "I was frustrated for a while, but I just looked at the positive side of it and let my agents handle it."

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said the team and Revis's agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, agreed in principle to a deal late Tuesday night, terms of which were not disclosed.

"We're glad it's over," Tannenbaum said.

Tannenbaum said Revis had already received his playbook from coach Eric Mangini and would participate in the team's walkthrough today. It was uncertain if Revis would play against Minnesota tomorrow night.

The holdup in negotiations reportedly stemmed from the length of the contract. The Jets were looking to sign Revis to a six-year deal, while the cornerback wanted a five-year contract.

The only remaining first-round holdout is top overall pick JaMarcus Russell, the LSU quarterback selected by Oakland.

Vick, legal team confer
Facing increasing pressure to strike a deal with prosecutors, Falcons quarterback Michael Vick conferred with his attorneys in Richmond.

The conference call came two days after Vick's two remaining codefendants scheduled plea hearings, presumably agreeing to testify against Vick if his federal dogfighting conspiracy case goes to trial as scheduled Nov. 26.

Spokesman Collins R. Spencer III declined to say whether Vick and his lawyers were discussing a possible plea agreement in hopes of reducing his punishment and perhaps allowing him to eventually resume his NFL career.

Okeafor not in cards
Cardinals outside linebacker Chike Okeafor will probably miss the season after undergoing surgery Tuesday to reattach a torn biceps tendon. With right tackle Oliver Ross likely to require season-ending surgery on his torn triceps tendon, Arizona signed a pair of veteran free agents -- guard Brad Badger and center Scott Peters -- to bolster their line . . . Jerome McDougle's star-crossed career suffered another blow when the former first-round pick got hurt again. The oft-sidelined fifth-year defensive end injured his right triceps in the Eagles' exhibition opener Monday and likely will miss the rest of the season. Running back Ryan Moats also could be done for the year because of a broken left ankle suffered Monday. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is expected to see his first action since tearing a knee ligament last November when Philadelphia hosts Carolina tomorrow night . . . Raiders coach Lane Kiffin returned to practice after missing two days while being hospitalized for a viral infection . . . Titans cornerback Andre Woolfolk was placed on injured reserve because of a strained hamstring . . . Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers will plead not guilty to driving while impaired, his lawyer said. The charge stems from Chambers's arrest July 14 near Charlotte, N.C.

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