The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms on a five-year contract with first-round draft pick Gerald McCoy yesterday and also reached a six-year deal with restricted free agent left tackle Donald Penn on the opening day of training camp.
General manager Mark Dominik announced the developments yesterday during the club’s first practice. Penn joined the workout about 15 minutes later.
“We’re finishing up some language and paperwork,’’ Dominik said of McCoy, the third overall pick out of Oklahoma.
Penn is a sixth-year pro who’s appeared in 48 games, including 44 straight as the Bucs’ starting left tackle. He declined a $3.168 million tender offer and stayed away from the team’s voluntary offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp while seeking a long-term contract that’s worth about $43 million.
Penn, who’s played under one-year contracts the past three seasons, said he made a call to his agent a few days ago and pushed for a resolution to his dispute. “I said: ‘Let’s get it done. Let’s make some sacrifices if we need to.’ . . . It wasn’t about financial security. I wanted longevity, a commitment,’’ Penn said. “That’s what I got.’’
Eagles’ Jackson hurt
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson
was carted off the field with a back injury during an afternoon practice at training camp. Philadelphia’s leading receiver caught a pass and stumbled to the ground, then needed help to the sideline. Moments later, a cart came and took him to the workout facility . . . First-round draft pick Demaryius Thomas
(22d overall) agreed to terms with the Broncos. The wide receiver out of Georgia Tech got a five-year deal with more than $9 million in guarantees . . . Ben Roethlisberger
took snaps only with the starters, alternating with Byron Leftwich
, during the Steelers’ first practice of training camp . . . Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy
is being held out of training camp practices with a concussion. Murphy says he got hurt when he was kneed in the helmet by teammate Nnamdi Asomugha
during practice Friday.
Browns, Haden agree
Hours after missing the first workout of training camp, first-round draft pick Joe Haden
reached agreement with the Browns. Haden, a cornerback out of Florida, was en route after signing a five-year contract. Haden, the No. 7 overall selection, was the last Browns draft pick to be signed and is expected to challenge Eric Wright
for a starting job . . . Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth
came to work with a slightly swollen knee, forcing him to scrap his latest chance to pass the Redskins’ conditioning test and keeping him exiled from practice for yet another day . . . The Titans agreed to terms on a five-year deal with defensive end Derrick Morgan
, their first-round pick (16th overall) out of Georgia Tech.
Giants sign last two
The New York Giants
signed first-round choice Jason Pierre-Paul
to a multiyear contract just hours after second-round choice Linval Joseph
signed his contract. The deals came less than 24 hours before the Giants reported to training camp at the University at Albany. Pierre-Paul, the 15th pick overall, got a five-year contract worth roughly $20 million with more than $11 million guaranteed. The defensive end from South Florida signed the contract around 8:30 p.m., about three hours after Joseph, a defensive tackle, put his signature on a contract valued at about $4 million . . . A person familiar with the deal told the AP that the Jets signed cornerback Kyle Wilson
, the team’s first-round draft pick, to a five-year contract worth $13 million, with about $7 million guaranteed . . . The Seahawks reached an agreement with safety Earl Thomas
, one of their two first-round draft picks. A person familiar with the deal says it's a five-year contract worth $21.1 million, including $12.32 million guaranteed..
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