NFL Camps Roundup
The Associated Press
Jul. 18, 2000
Two-time Pro Bowl tackle Eric Swann changed his mind and will visit Denver on Tuesday as he continues to weigh playing for the Carolina Panthers or the Chicago Bears.
Herb Zucker, the son of Swann's agent, Steve Zucker, said Monday night the defensive tackle changed his mind about visiting the Broncos.
Swann, who last week canceled a meeting with the St. Louis Rams, is torn between Carolina and Chicago, Steve Zucker said, but is leaning slightly toward joining the Panthers.
``He just loves (Carolina coach) George Seifert and the way they plan to use him,'' the agent said.
If the Broncos make a bid for Swann, it probably would be in the form of an incentive-based contract.
No. 3 overall draft pick Chris Samuels agreed to terms, ending his holdout after one day, The Associated Press has learned.
The tackle from Alabama checked into the team hotel Monday night after his agent, Jimmy Sexton, wrapped up negotiations with director of player personnel Vinny Cerrato, a league source said.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the league would review the contract Tuesday morning and that Samuels would be at practice. Financial details were not available, although CBS SportsLine reported that the contract covered six years for $30.6 million with a $10 million signing bonus and a voidable seventh year.
Samuels' arrival leaves No. 2 overall selection LaVar Arrington and Pro Bowl running back Stephen Davis unsigned.
The team reached an agreement that will make Eddie George the highest-paid running back in the NFL, his agent said.
Lamont Smith confirmed that terms had been reached for a six-year contract extension worth $42 million, including a $14 million signing bonus that will be paid out over the next 10 months.
``The thing we're most pleased about is the deal places him in that elite category, which he deserves,'' he said Monday night.
A news conference was scheduled for 4 p.m. CDT Tuesday at the Titans' practice facility to announce the extension.
Starting quarterback Steve Beuerlein, a Pro Bowl selection last season, practiced Monday after missing both minicamps because of five offseason operations.
``You say coming off of last year I should feel comfortable, but I've had five surgeries,'' he said. ``So now there's questions about whether physically I can step in and play at the same level. That's my motivation now. I've got to show that physically I can get myself back to where I can play at the same level that I was playing at, if not better than, last year.''
Lombardi Award winner Corey Moore, a third-round pick out of Virginia Tech, signed.
Moore, a defensive end in college who the Bills will switch to outside linebacker, set a Big East record last season with 17 sacks as the Hokies made it to college football's title game.
The Bills also signed wide receiver Drew Haddad, chosen in the seventh round out of the University of Buffalo.
Darren Howard, New Orleans' top draft pick, signed a five-year deal, leaving the Saints with no holdouts.
The Kansas State linebacker, taken in the second round, was on the field Monday, the third day of training camp. The team cut linebacker Terrence Miles to make room for Howard.
The Saints had no first-round pick because of last year's trade to get running back Ricky Williams.
Free agent linebacker Kevin McCullar signed with Minnesota. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound McCullar, who went to Texas Tech, played in NFL Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy.
Second-round pick Jacoby Shepherd agreed to a four-year deal with the Super Bowl champions. The cornerback started just two games in his lone season at Oklahoma State after transferring from a junior college.
Top pick Trung Canidate and third-round pick John St. Clair are still unsigned, with training camp opening Friday in Macomb, Ill.
St. Louis also is talking to quarterback Kurt Warner, defensive end Kevin Carter, receiver Isaac Bruce and cornerback Todd Lyght about new contracts.
Second-round draft pick Bobby Williams, an offensive lineman, signed a four-year deal with Philadelphia. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Williams earned second-team all-SEC honors last season.
Running back Tavian Banks, sidelined since injuring his left knee against Atlanta on Nov. 7, was waived after he failed his team physical.
Banks, 26, played in the first eight games last season. At the time of his injury, he was fourth on the team with 14 catches for 137 yards. He also carried 23 times for 82 yards.
Former Amsterdam Admirals linebacker Marcel Willis agreed to a one-year deal, giving the team more depth at the position.
On Friday, the Chargers agreed to terms with former Oakland Raiders linebacker Richard Harvey.
Willis was second on the Admirals' defense with 30 tackles during the 2000 NFL Europe season. He also recorded four sacks, broke up five passes and had four tackles on special teams.
Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, a fifth-round choice from San Diego State, agreed to terms, leaving four players unsigned, including top pick, tight end Daniel ``Bubba'' Franks.