Training Camp Insider: Week Three

Get the scoop on the intriguing details of Brady Quinn's contract, find out who is surprising coaches and incumbents in training camp, get updates on key rookies and take a look at some early 2008 NFL Draft notes. You'll find it all in this week's edition of Training Camp Insider!

More Details on Quinn's Deal

A league source shared more details of Cleveland Browns rookie QB Brady Quinn's contract with Scout.com this week. The former University of Notre Dame signal-caller got a total maximum package of $30 million with $7.75 in guaranteed money even though he didn't receive a signing bonus. Interestingly, the source points out that Quinn got roughly $650,000 more in guaranteed money than the player picked before him (Jacksonville Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson).

Quinn has a roster bonus for this season of $862,000. He can make $600,000 in bonus money if he takes 70 percent of the snaps in any season over the life of the deal along the team making the playoffs. He can also make more bonus money for playoff games where he takes 70% of the snaps. Quinn can also earn more bonuses for Pro Bowl appearances ($250,000) as well as for winning the NFL MVP ($500,000), Super Bowl MVP ($500,000) and NFL Rookie of the Year awards ($250,000).

He'll receive base salaries of $285,000 in 2007, $1.43 million in 2008, $1.72 million in 2009, $2.08 million in 2010, and $700,000 in 2011.

Bullocks Ready to Blossom?

If the first two weeks of camp are any indication, Detroit Lions free safety Daniel Bullocks will not only start, he could be come one of the better young players at his position in the NFC. Practice observers note Bullocks looks noticeably stronger and he's made several big hits.

One of the knocks on Bullocks was his range, but that doesn't seem to be an issue at all. In fact, there seems to be suddenness to his game that might have not been there in his rookie season.

Bradley Pushing Gocong?

Stewart Bradley (AP Photo)
Philadelphia Eagles rookie LB Stewart Bradley had a terrific senior season at the University of Nebraska, rebounding from a major knee injury which cut his junior campaign short after just five games. He looked like a top-sixty pick after a terrific week of practice at the Senior Bowl. Yet poor forty-times in the high 4.7-second area at the NFL Combine made people pause and wonder about his potential for the next level.

But Bradley burst onto the scene with the Eagles and is said to be pushing strongside linebacker Chris Gocong for the starting job already. The biggest surprise is that most scouts thought Bradley was best suited for a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Supplemental Draft Selection Already Making His Mark

The light may have finally gone on for Baltimore Ravens rookie OT Jared Gaither. The monster lineman who is blessed with great athletic skill and unlimited potential had been labeled as "lazy" and "passive" after a poor sophomore campaign. The situation got worse after rumors surfaced he was suspended from the University of Maryland football team after failing a drug test, only to then be declared academically ineligible.

Using a fifth-round supplemental draft choice on Gaither -- a player with first-round physical skills -- was well worth the risk for Baltimore. From the first day of camp, Gaither has shown steady improvement. Originally, the feeling was that he might not be ready to play until 2009. That thought looks like it will have to be revised.

Francisco Pushing For Starting Job

When the Arizona Cardinals signed free agent free safety Terrence Holt, it was assumed he would start right away considering he signed a five-year, $15 million deal. Well, someone forgot to tell his competition, Aaron Francisco, who the team signed in 2005 as an undrafted free agent.

Francisco has been a standout player on special teams and he did well in sub-packages last season. Now Francisco, who has good size, is seen as even with Holt for the starting job.

Smith Proving He was Worth the Selection

Steve Smith (AP Photo)
New York Giants rookie wide receiver Steve Smith's game has been on a straight shot up after a terrific senior season. Entering the scouting process with a middle-round grade, Smith led USC in receptions last year with 71. What really improved Smith's draft stock though was his Combine workout. Never considered a speedster, Smith shocked everyone after running times in the low 4.4s in Indianapolis.

Compared to the Giants second-round pick from 2006, wide receiver Sinorice Moss, Smith is much more of a complete receiver with a polished game. Both have put together solid camps and both offer defenses something different. And because of injuries to starting wide receivers Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, both young receivers have seen time with the first-team offense.

2008 Draft Notes

It looks like the 2008 NFL Draft will be driven by juniors as the senior class is unimpressive. Sources say two of the higher-rated linemen from the ranks of the underclassmen have been meeting with agents.

Many liken University of Miami DE Calais Campbell to DE Mario Williams of the Houston Texans. And like Williams, there are many people who believe Campbell could be the first player selected in 2008 if he enters the draft. That is a real possibility as the game-disrupting defender has been meeting with agents all summer.

The other potential early selection who is meeting with agents is offensive tackle Ryan Clady. Blocking the left side for quarterback Jared Zabransky and the upstart Boise State Broncos last season, Clady really gained notice after outplaying then teammate Daryn Colledge in 2005. Colledge was taken by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2006 draft.

At 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, size will not be a problem for Clady the way it was for Colledge. In fact, there is some thought that Clady will battle for the top tackle spot should he enter the 2008 draft -- which he is expected to do at this point.


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