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Redskins Sign Rogers, Campbell

August 2, 2005

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) _ In less than 24 hours, the Washington Redskins went from two Auburn holdouts to none. Carlos Rogers, the No. 9 overall pick in April’s draft, agreed to a five-year, $17.45 million deal with the Redskins on Tuesday, the same day No. 25 overall selection Jason Campbell reported to camp after agreeing to a five-year contract.

Rogers and Campbell helped lead the Tigers to a 13-0 record last year, including a 16-13 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. Rogers is expected to contend for a starting job at cornerback, while Campbell will work as the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Patrick Ramsey and Mark Brunell.

First, Rogers must get healthy. He severely sprained and bruised his ankle while working out at Auburn in June and is expected to be limited in the first few days of camp. An old stress fracture was found in Rogers’ leg while he was being treated, but the Redskins say that injury is not a concern.

Rogers was the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back in 2004. Assistant coach Gregg Williams said Rogers will be worked into many of the Redskins defensive packages by opening day, alongside projected starters Shawn Springs and Walt Harris.

Campbell wasn’t considered a top-round prospect until his senior year at Auburn. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 2,700 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions last year.

Full details of Campbell’s contract weren’t available, but it contains incentives that could earn him close to $24 million over five years. The base amount is expected to be similar to the five-year, $7.65 million deal signed by the No. 24 pick, quarterback Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay.

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