Browns: Deeper Look at Thomas Deal
The Cleveland Browns didn't waste time in getting their highly touted first-round pick OLT Joe Thomas on the field after he signed his contract last weekend. Thomas has seen time with the first and second team offense during Monday and Tuesday's practices.
A league source indicated to Scout.com that the club, as they did last year with first-round pick OLB Kamerion Wimbley, got Thomas to sign a six-year deal that can void to five if he meets minimum playing time requirements.
The source notes Thomas got a signing bonus of over $6.3 million along with a roster bonus for 2007 of $1.35 million with base salaries of:
2007: $285,000 2008: $2,050,000 2009: $2,460,000 2010: $2,870,000 2011: $3,280,000 2012: $2,000,000
Thomas has incentives in his contract where he can make more bonus money if he makes Pro Bowls and if the team wins 10 games in any season.
Seahawks: Wilson Gets off to Solid Start
Seattle Seahawks second-round pick CB Josh Wilson has already been penciled in by the coaches as their nickel back and he has already made a strong impression on them.
Wilson has shown to have good footwork and speed and rarely seems out of place. As one practice observer noted to Scout.com, he has consistently kept up with any receiver that he's been matched up against in the first few days of camp.
The former University of Maryland star, who will also compete for both special teams return jobs, signed a four-year deal last week with about $1.4 in guaranteed money ($880,000 signing bonus) along with minimum base salaries.
Vikings: Rice Not Standing out Yet; Allison Impressing
While Minnesota Vikings second-round pick WR Sidney Rice has good size and and showed good progress during OTAs, it has been fifth-round pick Aundrae Allison who has stood out from the crowd during the first few days of training camp at the receiver position.
Rice, who signed a four-year deal with just over $2 million in guaranteed money including a signing bonus for just over $1.3 million, hasn't made many big plays.
Allison, however, looks to improved his route running since the OTAs and also seems to have a better grasp of the offensive scheme. That has enabled him to be more comfortable on the field.
Patriots: Hairston Back....Sort of
When the New England Patriots waived rookie RB Justise Hairston last Friday, the move drew more than a curious eyebrow from league observers. However, as first noted by PatriotsInsider.com, the sixth-round pick suffered a hamstring injury prior to the start of training camp.
The team had to place him on waivers first before he could be placed on injured reserve. Hairston passed through waivers and was placed on the season-ending injured list on Monday.
Hairston, had he not gotten hurt, would have been a candidate for the practice squad.
Undrafted Cornerback Drawing Interest
With undrafted CB DeAndre Jackson still on the market, it would make sense for the New York Jets to sign the once highly rated prospect. Both starting cornerbacks for the Jets have been hurting since camp opened with injuries.
Andre Dyson has been limping around with a bad leg since being sidelined after Monday's practice with an injury. David Barrett has been practicing with a soft cast on his right arm.
We reported several weeks ago the Jets were interested in Jackson and were hoping to work him out. The team now has competition as Jackson was visiting the Carolina Panthers this week and could sign with them soon.
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Browns: Deeper Look at Thomas Deal