Defensive lineman signs contract

Defensive lineman Aaron Kampman signed a multi-year deal with the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday. Kampman, taken in the fifth round of this year's NFL draft by the Packers, signed in time for the first day of practice today for rookies and selected free agents. With two-a-day practices scheduled to open Saturday, fourth-rounder Najeh Davenport is the only draft pick who has yet to sign a deal.<p>

Davenport, 23, was recently charged on two counts stemming from an invasion of a college dormitory room in early April. Davenport allegedly broke into the room of a female student April 1 and defecated in a closet. His arrest is still under investigation.

Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman said today that Davenport's arrest and pending investigation has slowed contract talks.

"It has a little bit to do with the contract, and also conversation that he and I had previous to this," said Sherman. "I knew about this three weeks ago. He and I had conversations about it. There's a little bit of an overlap between the two.

The Packers may be seeking to withdraw all or part of a signing bonus for the rookie. A signing bonus is guaranteed money usually paid upfront by the team to the player. Davenport, the 135th overall pick in the draft, would likely command a signing bonus between $200,000 and $225,000.

"He's a young man who made a bad decision and has to live with it," said Sherman. "We drafted him. At this point, we're working through that."

Terms of Kampman's deal were not disclosed. He likely received a three-year deal, including a signing bonus of around $125,000. He was selected 156th overall by the Packers in the draft.

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