Rumph deal done; he'll practice Tuesday afternoon

Mike Rumph said he had visions of 49ers dancing in his subconscious as he slept away the night Monday in his Stockton hotel. It was a fanciful dream that included Bill Walsh, the patriarch of the Niners' dynasty, and when Rumph awakened Tuesday morning, he just knew he'd be signing his first contract with the team.


Now, when Rumph goes to sleep Tuesday evening, he'll be dreaming of millions of dollars.

Rumph, the cornerback from Miami selected by the Niners with the No. 27 overall pick in the first round of the April NFL draft, on Tuesday morning inked a five-year, $6.4 million contract with the 49ers that included a $2.35 million signing bonus.

According to Rumph's agent, Ken Harris, Rumph is guaranteed $3.2 million and the deal could potentially be worth as much as $8.9 million. The deal includes $200,000 to report, a $650,000 option bonus in March and up to $2.5 million in escalators for the fifth year.


"What I got is perfect for me," said Rumph, the eighth first-round pick to sign in the NFL this year. "I couldn't have asked for a better deal. I'm very pleased. Everything worked out perfect."


Coach Steve Mariucci was feeling much the same way after getting into camp his prized rookie who is expected to step in immediately and strengthen one of the team's primary 2001 weaknesses in nickel and dime coverage packages.


"We're happy to have Mike here in camp finally," Mariucci said. "He's missed a couple of days. But most of what he's missed we've had in the minicamps already, so he's going to have to just brush up and catch up and that sort of thing."


Rumph, who spent Monday's opening day of camp at the team's Santa Clara headquarters while negotiations on his deal continued, said he finally told his agent, Ken Harris, to get the deal done so he could be in camp by Tuesday.

And now, that's just where he is. Rumph will practice in shorts with his teammates during Tuesday's afternoon session.



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