Eagles' Bunkley signs 6-year deal

No. 14 overall pick ends 2-week holdout

NFL notes

August 05, 2006

Brodrick Bunkley agreed to a six-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday, ending the first-round pick's two-week holdout.

Bunkley, the 14th overall selection in the NFL draft, agreed to a deal worth $13 million, according to an NFL official. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms weren't publicly disclosed, said $10 million of that money is guaranteed, and the maximum value of the contract could reach $25-$30 million with incentives.

The 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle missed 16 days of camp, and won't play in tomorrow's game against Oakland. The negotiations between the Eagles and Bunkley's agent, Gary Wichard, were prolonged because the team insisted on making it a six-year contract.

The Eagles selected Bunkley to fill a glaring need in the middle of a line that hardly generated a strong rush on quarterbacks last season. At Florida State, Bunkley proved to be a versatile player who can rush the passer and stuff the run.

Redskins -- Fans expecting to see the high-powered offense new coordinator Al Saunders brought with him from Kansas City might be disappointed today, when the Redskins host the Ravens in a scrimmage at FedEx Field. "The only thing that we're looking to do is to evaluate some players," Saunders said after practice yesterday at Redskins Park. "We're not going to evaluate schemes. We'd be able to apply for a job at Baskin-Robbins - the vanilla department - after this one. We're just going to line up and make it very, very simple." In other news, wide receiver David Patten joined his teammates for practice after being hospitalized with viral meningitis, but didn't participate in the morning workout. Patten, a periodic starter last season before undergoing knee surgery in mid-November, is expected back on the field next week. Also, second-year cornerback Carlos Rogers sat out his second straight day because of back spasms. He is not expected to play today.

Cowboys -- Receiver Terrell Owens missed his second practice because of a sore left hamstring. Owens, who said he first felt a twinge Wednesday, instead rode an exercise bike at the morning practice. He said Thursday he wasn't sure whether he'd be ready for today's controlled scrimmage.

Cardinals -- Defensive tackle Kenny King will be sidelined for about a month with a broken right hand, coach Dennis Green said.

NFL's competition committee -- Lions president Matt Millen has been appointed to the NFL's competition committee. Millen will fill the seat vacated when Charley Casserly resigned as general manager of the Texans earlier this year, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome also is on the committee.

Sun reporter Don Markus contributed to this article.

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