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Lewis Signs Deal With the Jaguars

July 29, 2006|From the Associated Press

First-round draft pick Marcedes Lewis, a tight end from UCLA, signed a five-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, a day before the team opens training camp.

Lewis, chosen with the 28th overall pick, is expected to back up veteran Kyle Brady. But the Jaguars are counting on rookie's versatile skills to help replace Jimmy Smith, who abruptly retired in May and left the team with little experience at receiver.

Lewis' deal is worth about $7.5 million, with a little more than $4.8 million in guaranteed money.

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Willie Roaf, an 11-time Pro Bowl tackle, says he's retiring and going back to college. Roaf, 36, told the Kansas City Star of his decision.... A.J. Hawk, the Green Bay Packers' top pick and the fifth choice overall, agreed to a six-year deal with the team.... Linebacker Bobby Carpenter agreed to a five-year, $12-million deal with the Dallas Cowboys.... The Pittsburgh Steelers reached terms on a five-year contract with first-round pick Santonio Holmes, a wide receiver from Ohio State.... The New England Patriots agreed to terms with running back Laurence Maroney but camp started Friday without Deion Branch, the Super Bowl most valuable player who is holding out for a new contract.

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