July 26 News and Notes
Rams confident about getting No. 1 pick to camp -- 4:58 p.m.
The St. Louis Rams won't be pursuing free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens, but another big-name player should soon be under contract.
Rams general manager Billy Devaney told FOXSports.com there is a "really good chance" that a deal will be completed with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford by the time training camp opens Thursday at team headquarters.
Unlike the past two players chosen with the No. 1 overall pick, St. Louis didn't have a pre-draft contract agreement in place before selecting Bradford. But Rams executive Kevin Demoff and Bradford's agents Tom Condon and Ben Dogra have worked extensively on a multiyear deal that should pay Bradford in the range of $45 million to $50 million in guaranteed money. Full story ...
-- Alex Marvez
Bears still searching for backup QB -- 4:02 p.m.
The Chicago Bears, looking for competition for their backup quarterback job, signed free-agent QB Mike Teel to a two-year deal, the team announced. Teel, who was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, spent the entire 2009 season on the Seahawks active roster but did not appear in a regular season game. Teel was claimed off of waivers by the New England Patriots in May of 2010, but released three weeks later. Teel was highly thought of in some scouting circles because of his leadership and passing accuracy, but he fell in last year's draft because of less than ideal arm strength. The Bears are looking to sure up the No. 2 job. Currently, third-year pro Caleb Hanie is handling that role. The team selected Dan LeFevour in the sixth-round of April's draft to hopefully challenge Hanie.
-- Adam Caplan
Potential Browns starting RB inks deal -- 3:15 p.m.
When the Cleveland Browns selected University of Tennessee RB Montario Hardesty (6-0, 225) in the second round (59th overall) of April's NFL Draft, some were surprised by the selection considering he only was a full-time starter in college for one season. But his game tape was impressive enough over the years to make Cleveland's new front office believe the big back could carry the rushing load at the next level.
Cleveland's rookies reported to training camp last Friday, but the veterans don't report until late this week. So Hardesty, who the team announced signed a multi-year deal on Monday, will have plenty of time this week to show what he can do before the rest of the squad arrives.
While exact figures weren't immediately available, a source said Hardesty signed a four-year deal worth over $3 million. Last year's 59th overall selection (S Sherrod Martin Carolina Panthers) signed a four-year deal worth a maximum value of $3.2255 million with $1.4755 million guaranteed. Martin's deal included a signing bonus worth $944,000, a source said.
Hardesty, who NFL Films' Greg Cosell called the second best feature back available for this year's draft, will compete for playing time this season against veteran Jerome Harrison and second-year pros James Davis.
-- Adam Caplan
Sorry, T.O.: Rams say no -- 3:12 p.m.
Cross off the St. Louis Rams for those interested in Terrell Owens.
According to league sources, the Rams have decided to take a pass in their pursuit of the free agent wide receiver, FOXSports.com has learned.
Reports over the weekend suggested that the team had intensified its efforts for Owens and that the team could make an offer as early as Monday. However, that was premature as team brass met Monday morning on the matter and decided to go in a different direction. More ...
-- Jay Glazer
Ravens ink second-round pick -- 1:59 p.m.
According to the Country Carroll Times , Baltimore Ravens second-round pick (25th overall in the round) DT Terrence Cody (6-4, 355, Alabama), agreed to a four-year deal worth a maximum value of $3.385 million with $1.595 million guaranteed. The total guaranteed portion is a 6.3 percent increase over the same slot as last year.
A source told FOXSports.com that last year's 25th selection in the second round (OLB Paul Kruger/Baltimore) signed a four-year deal worth a maximum value of $3.25 million with $1.5 million guaranteed. Kruger received a $1 million signing bonus to go along with a $500,000 one-time incentive.
The mammoth interior defensive lineman is expected to compete for playing time in back of starting NT Kelly Gregg. Gregg, who had his contract adjusted last October, is signed through 2012. Gregg, who turns 34 in November, is schedule to earn $3 million in base salary in 2010.
Baltimore has just one player left unsigned from this year's rookie class, second-round pick OLB Sergio Kindle.
-- Adam Caplan