Curtis Gets off to Fast Start
A league source has told us told Scout.com the Philadelphia Eagles could not be any happier with the free-agent acquisition of WR Kevin Curtis. Throughout recent mini-camps and OTAs, Curtis has not only displayed the reliable hands he is known for, but has also quickly picked up their complicated West Coast offensive scheme. There is a real belief heading into training camp that Curtis will reward the Eagles with significant production during the early part of the season.
Curtis wound up taking less money to sign with Philadelphia over the Minnesota Vikings, who still badly need help at receiver. Why? Curtis put having a better chance at winning a Super Bowl ring as a greater importance to him than taking a little more money from another team.
Edwards Deal Close?
According to a league source, the Buffalo Bills are close to a deal on a four-year contract with QB Trent Edwards, their third-round selection. An official announcement on the signing could come in a few days. Edwards will battle veteran QB Craig Nall for the backup spot to starting QB J.P. Losman.
While the numbers won't be official until the contract is signed, Edwards should get base salaries of:
2007: $285,000 2008: $370,000 2009: $460,00 2010: $550,000
According to another league source, Chicago Bears rookie RB Garrett Wolfe, who was selected one spot in back of Edwards, received the same base salaries and got a signing bonus of $622,500. The source adds Wolfe does have bonus money tied to off-season workout participation, as do all the Chicago rookies. Buffalo's lone rookie that's under contract, CB C.J. Ah You, does not have such language in his deal.
Jacksonville's Top Receivers Still Struggling?
While the Jacksonville Jaguars continue to be frustrated by the disappointment of former first-round receivers Matt Jones and Reggie Williams, third-round selection Mike Walker and a pair of free agents have given cause for some excitement.
Walker, who was purposely held back in mini-camp due to prior injuries, showed reliable hands every time he practiced. Rookie free agent John Broussard of San Jose St. University has also displayed good hands and game-breaking speed. Second-year free agent Charles Sharon, formerly of Bowling Green University, has also stood out the past few months. Sources have also told us the team is very happy with the acquisition of another receiver, Dennis Northcutt.
In no surprise, rookie Adam Podlesh is penciled in as the starting punter in Jacksonville. Podlesh has impressed the coaching staff. displaying polish and directional kicking skills.
Podlesh, the first of their two fourth-round picks, signed a four-year deal early last month.
He'll receive base salaries of:
2007: $285,00 2008: $370,000 2009: $460,00 2010: $550,000
According to a league source, he'll receive a signing bonus of $484,000.
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Curtis Gets off to Fast Start