Newswire: Branch, Mincey, Jackson & More

News from around the web includes: New England Patriots agree to terms with wide receiver Chad Jackson and linebacker Jeremy Mincey; The Patriots still have many holes to fill; A new concern in the Deion Branch holdout and some AFC and NFC training camp previews along with team needs.

Newswire Items 7/23/06

-- The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with second round draft pick wide receiver Chad Jackson and sixth round draft pick linebacker Jeremy Mincey. Jackson played his college ball for Florida and is expected to play a big role in the Patriot's offense this year. Mincey is also a Florida alum and hopes to add strength to the linebacker's squad. According to the ESPN, Jackson agreed to a four year deal and Mincey a three year deal. Financial terms were unavailable.

-- The New England Patriots have many holes to fill this season according to the Providence Journal. Issues include Troy Brown's ability to play well at age 35, the wide receiver situation and the backup quarterback job being handed to Matt Cassel.

-- New England Patriot's wide receiver Deion Branch was a holdout in minicamp and the curiosity builds to see what will happen as training camp opens on July 28th. Whether Branch decides to holdout may hinge on a clause in the CBA that raised the fine for holding out in training camp from $5000 per day to $14,000. If Branch holds out the entire training camp, the Boston Globe speculates that Branch could loose upwards of $630.000.

-- With the NFL training camps right around the corner, the Boston Herald summarizes the needs for each team in the AFC and NFC conferences.

-- The New York Jets have signed linebacker Anthony Schlegel who is their first, third-round selection in the 2006 NFL draft. Schlegel at 6-1 and 251 pounds played his college ball for Ohio State. The Patriots were one of the teams to conducted a private workout with Schlegal before the 2006 NFL Draft.

-- The Cleveland Browns have signed Kamerion Wimbley, who is their first-round pick, to a six-year, $23.7 million deal. was the first to report that Wimbley agreed to a deal with the Browns.

-- The Dallas Cowboys have signed tight end and two-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten to a seven year, $29 million contract. According to the Associated Press, the deal includes a $6 million signing bonus, a guaranteed $6 million option bonus next March on top of a $500,000 base salary this season. It sets the standard for top tier tight ends in the league. Patriots tight end Daniel Graham is in the final year of his contract, and could reach a sizable deal of his own if he is allowed to become a free agent.


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