Colts sign Manning to a five-year deal

Indianapolis has re-signed quarterback Peyton Manning to a long-term deal that could keep him in Colts jersey for the rest of his career.


The team did not release terms of the deal Saturday, but it is believed to be for five years. ESPN reported it was worth $90 million, or $18 million a year.

In a statement released by the team owner Jim Irsay said he was "thrilled to have the deal done."

PANTHERS: Cam Newton didn't act like a No. 1 pick shortchanged by the rookie wage scale.

The Heisman Trophy winner spoke Saturday for the first time since signing a four-year, $22 million with the Panthers.

His deal was set by the newly bargained rookie scale that was part of the agreement between NFL owners and players.

Newton took a major financial hit as the draft's top selection, getting $56 million or so less than Sam Bradford 's $78 million, six-year deal he got as St. Louis' No. 1 pick.

"It really doesn't matter," Newton said. "Either way you look at it, I've still got more money than I've ever had."

COWBOYS: Dallas receivers coach Jimmy Robinson, a former Georgia Tech receiver, was not seriously injured Saturday after being accidentally run over by a player and knocked unconscious for about a minute during one of the first contact drills of training camp.

Once he came to, Robinson was able to move his arms and legs. Still, he was strapped to a backboard and taken to a hospital for evaluation. Doctors cleared him about two hours later, roughly around the time that practice session was finished, owner Jerry Jones said.

PATRIOTS: Chad Ochocinco promised to tone down his antics now that he's in New England, where coach Bill Belichick likes his players to be seen and rarely heard.

"It is going to be a little quiet. You won't get the same Chad you are used to, and I probably won't be talking to the media much, probably not at all, really. I just want to play ball and ride the wave," he said after practice on Saturday.

STEELERS: Pittsburgh met with free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert , owner Art Rooney and coach Mike Tomlin all met with the 34-year-old wide out on Saturday morning, and Burress was expected to spend the day with the team.

The Norfolk, Va., native spent five years with the Steelers, who drafted him in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

SEAHAWKS: Coach Pete Carroll says he expects Tarvaris Jackson to be the team's starting quarterback when it opens the season.

TEXANS: Houston cut 2007 first-round pick Amobi Okoye . Okoye was 19 when he was drafted 10th overall, the youngest player ever taken in the first round.

GIANTS: Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora ended his holdout after a day and reported to the team.

NFLPA has been re-established as union

WASHINGTON --- A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the NFL Players Association has returned to being a union and is negotiating the last terms of a new collective bargaining agreement.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made by the NFLPA.

Re-establishing the union was a key step needed to finish a CBA after the main parts of the deal to end the NFL's 41/2-month lockout were agreed to by owners on July 21 and by players on Monday. Only a union can negotiate items such as drug testing and disability and pension programs.

Those issues must be resolved and a full CBA completed by Thursday, a deadline both sides are confident will be met.

-- Associated Press



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