Ex-Rebel Carpenter, Seahawks reach deal

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The Seattle Seahawks on Friday signed first-round draft pick James Carpenter , a former Hephzibah High and University of Alabama standout.

Former Hephzibah standout James Carpenter (center) runs through drills during training camp. The tackle, who was selected in the first round by Seattle, signed with the team on Friday.   Associated Press
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Former Hephzibah standout James Carpenter (center) runs through drills during training camp. The tackle, who was selected in the first round by Seattle, signed with the team on Friday.

Carpenter, who was taken 25th overall in the draft in April, was on the field a short time later for the Seahawks' first practice in helmets, working as expected within the framework of what Seattle hopes its top offensive line will be.

"The great thing about James is he expects a lot out of himself already. He wants to be out here, he wants to be the best player and he wants to contribute a lot to our group," offensive tackle Russell Okung said. "He's a big strong guy. He brings a lot to our team from a toughness standpoint."

The expectation that Carpenter will immediately be Seattle's starting right tackle isn't much different than when he arrived at Alabama as a transfer from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. Carpenter went to Alabama, took over the starting spot at left tackle, starting all 27 games he played for the Tide.

EAGLES: Philadelphia signed Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year contract that would pay him $60 million over the life of it, with $25 million guaranteed.

PANTHERS: No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton signed with Carolina and arrived at training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. According to several media reports, Newton agreed to a four-year, $22 million deal.

STEELERS: Linebacker James Harrison says he should have used a "better vocabulary" when expressing his frustration toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a magazine article this month.

The four-time Pro Bowler used an anti-gay slur to describe Goodell in the Men's Journal article, a comment Harrison called "inappropriate in the least." Harrison says he knows he attacked Goodell on a personal level with his "careless words."

- Pittsburgh cut veteran tackle Flozell Adams .

GIANTS: Coach Tom Coughlin wanted to hear sincerity from Plaxico Burress in their first face-to-face meeting since the former New York Giants receiver and Super Bowl hero was imprisoned for almost two years on a weapons possessions charge.

With the soon-to-be 34-year-old Burress looking to rejoin the Giants, Coughlin planned to enter his Friday night meeting with an open mind.

COLTS: Indianapolis expects to begin training camp practices Monday without star quarterback Peyton Manning , who not only is coming off neck surgery, but doesn't have a contract.

DOLPHINS: Miami cut linebacker Channing Crowder , who had been a starter since 2005, but was criticized for not making more big plays.

49ERS: Alex Smith signed a one-year free agent contract, giving new coach and former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh an experienced starter for this season.

- Running back Frank Gore was a no-show for the first day of camp, apparently fulfilling his plan to hold out for a new contract.

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Congratulations to the HHS

Congratulations to the HHS graduate! May he have a long, healthy, productive NFL career.

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