ATLANTA — Rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant signed a four-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday and was the first player to report for the start of training camp.
Trufant’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, told The Associated Press that the contract was for $8.16 million with $4.3 million guaranteed.
Trufant was one of the first players to report to dorms at the team's training facility. Camp officially begins today with the first practice.
Quarterback Sean Renfree, a seventh-round selection from Duke, signed on Wednesday, too.
PATRIOTS: A grim-faced coach Bill Belichick said the team will learn from the “terrible experience” of Aaron Hernandez’s arrest on a murder charge and work to improve its player evaluation process.
He also sought to minimize future attention on the case.
“My comments are certainly not in proportion to the unfortunate and sad situation that we have here, but I’ve been advised to address the subject once, and it’s time for the New England Patriots to move forward,” Belichick said.
“I’m not trying to make this story disappear, but I respect the judicial process and have been advised not to comment on ongoing legal proceedings. I’m advising our players to do the same things.”
• A judge on Wednesday gave prosecutors more time to present evidence to a grand jury in the case.
Hernandez was in court for what was supposed to be a probable cause hearing, but prosecutors said the grand jury is still considering the evidence against him.
Judge Daniel O’Shea considered defense objections to a delay but decided to reschedule the hearing for Aug. 22. Hernandez will continue to be held without bail until then.
REDSKINS: Robert Griffin III put on his knee brace and passed the team’s perfunctory conditioning test on the eve of training camp, then declared he has “nothing left to prove” – at least physically – in his return from major knee surgery.
Griffin said he won’t participate in 11-on-11 drills in the early days of camp and likely won’t play in any preseason games.
RAMS: Released offensive guard Rokevious Watkins, a former All-Southeastern Conference performer at South Carolina.
Watkins had been suspended without pay for this year’s opener for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.