On 2nd day, team corrals its second first-round pick

Cornerback Rogers OKs reported $17.45M contract

Redskins notebook

Pro Football

August 03, 2005|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

ASHBURN, Va. - And then there was none.

The Washington Redskins went from two first-round holdouts to zero by the second day of training camp at Redskins Park yesterday.

The team and cornerback Carlos Rogers, the ninth pick in April's draft, agreed yesterday to a five-year contract worth a reported maximum of $17.45 million with $11.23 million in bonuses.

The news comes one day after Washington and quarterback Jason Campbell, the 25th selection, agreed to a five-year deal Monday night.

Financial terms of Campbell's deal were not available, but it is likely to be similar to the contract signed Saturday night by fellow quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers, who was taken one spot ahead of Campbell, agreed to a five-year, $7.65 million contract with the Green Bay Packers that includes $5.4 million in guarantees and could total nearly $24 million if he reaches all the incentives.

Rogers, who is recovering from surgery on a stress fracture and bone bruise in his right ankle and foot, was expected to fly in last night and join his teammates at the team's headquarters at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va. Campbell participated in practice yesterday.

"I thought it was just a matter of waiting for the people around them," said a visibly pleased coach Joe Gibbs. "Enough people got signed so that they had a good game plan of what it was going to take to get it done."

Campbell is the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Patrick Ramsey and backup Mark Brunell, but was told by Gibbs that he hadn't missed much.

"Coach said that everything they did yesterday were things that we went over in OTAs [offseason training activities]," Campbell said. "I'm just glad to get back into camp before we start putting new things in."

Rogers, who was expected to challenge Walt Harris for the No. 2 cornerback role, is third on the depth chart behind Shawn Springs and Harris.

Harris, who is more than a year removed from surgery to relieve pain associated with acute patella tendinitis in his left knee, said he welcomes the competition.

"I understand the league," Harris said. "You've got to have corners, and I'm confident in my abilities. So I understood that no matter what happened, I knew that I could get the job done. Eventually, somebody will figure that out."

Gregg Williams, the assistant head coach in charge of defense, said he would not rush Rogers into practicing.

"Carlos will be in as many packages as he can that we think will make us a good defense," Williams said. "We're not going to jeopardize his learning curve just because of where he was drafted or how much money he's going to make because we don't care about those kinds of things."

Taylor's light humor

Safety Sean Taylor isn't as sullen and unapproachable as the media thinks he is. Just ask Williams.

Williams said earlier last week, a team trainer told him that Taylor - who caused a stir by skipping the team's voluntary workouts this offseason - weighed in at 246 pounds, 14 more than his listed weight in the Redskins media guide.

But Taylor breezed through a conditioning test before the start of training camp, and when he took off his shirt, Williams was still confused.

"I was still trying to figure out why someone told me it was 246 and it was all a joke just to [tick] me off," Williams said, eliciting laughter from the media. "And he did. He's got a great sense of humor. He weighs 226, and he's in great shape."

Williams, who said he plans to persuade Taylor to stay in the Washington area next offseason, pledged to return the favor. "He got a good joke in," Williams said. "I'll remember it, and I'll have my time to have a joke here later on."

End zone

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin skipped practice due to a strained rotator cuff. A magnetic resonance imaging exam was negative, and Griffin is listed as day-to-day. Cornerback Artrell Hawkins strained his hamstring and could miss a few days. Linebacker Marcus Washington (back), Harris (quadriceps), wide receiver Kevin Dyson (ankle) and fullback Mike Sellers (cramps) will likely practice today. ... Coach Joe Gibbs has scheduled two night practices in the first two weeks of training camp, and tonight is the first.

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