'Boys sign Sean Lee to four-year deal

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Sean Lee was selected with the 55th overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.
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Adam Caplan

Adam Caplan is our newest NFL reporter/insider at He has spent the past 10 seasons covering the league, specializing in player personnel, injuries and contracts.


Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys open training camp on Saturday and they have their entire 2010 NFL Draft class under contract, joining the Chicago Bears. The final player to agree to contract terms is LB Sean Lee (6-2, 235, Penn St.), the team announced. Lee agreed to a four-year deal which includes $1.7 million guaranteed.

Lee bounced back well last season from the serious knee injury which caused him to miss the 2008 season. He’ll compete for playing time against veteran ILBs Keith Brooking and Bradie James.

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins, perhaps looking for depth at defensive end in the wake of DE Phillip Merling’s Achilles injury, agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent DE Marques Douglas, a source confirmed.

Douglas has played most of his entire career in the 3-4, so he’ll fit right in with Miami’s defensive scheme.

Douglas started 12 games last season for the New York Jets. He’s also played for the Baltimore Ravens (two tours of duty), San Francisco 49ers, and New Orleans Saints.

Douglas was signed by the Ravens originally as an undrafted free agent in 1999.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals now have over half of their 2010 NFL Draft class under contract. The latest to sign a four-year was third-round pick CB Brandon Ghee (6-0, 190, Wake Forest).

Ghee is known in scouting circles for his toughness and disciplined play.

If Ghee can get a full understanding of the defensive scheme rather quickly, he could compete for the nickel role during training camp.

Cleveland Browns

On Thursday, Cleveland Browns third-round pick QB Colt McCoy (6-1, 215, Texas) agreed to a four-year deal. On Friday, the team announced he signed the contract.

McCoy’s four-year base deal (base salary and signing bonus) is worth just over $2.54 million. A source said the deal has an additional $1.5 million in escalators. Those thresholds include playing time, playoff wins, individual performance, and earning a Pro Bowl roster spot. The deal also has the typical fourth-year escalator and workout language.

The team also got third-round pick G Shawn Lauvao (6-3, 315, Arizona St.) under contract. According to a source, Lauvao signed a four-year deal worth just under $2.5 million. The deal includes a typical fourth-year escalator which is tied to participating in offseason workouts.


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Lauvao, who played guard and tackle in college, is expected to compete for playing time at right guard.

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions, perhaps looking to improve their special teams, have signed free-agent LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (6-4, 240) to a two-year, a source said.

Ekejiuba, known as one of the NFL’s top special teams players, was released by the Oakland Raiders on July 8. He played in 85 percent of the special teams snaps for the Raiders last season, but didn’t see a single snap on defense. Despite that, he earned $2.45 million (signing bonus and base salary) .

Ekejiuba, who was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in 2005, re-signed with the Raiders in 2009 with a three-year, $5.4 million deal with $1.25 million guaranteed.

It’s expected that Ekejiuba will get a chance to see some snaps at strong-side linebacker because of his size.

Ekejiuba who visited the Lions earlier this week, also visited the Seattle Seahawks, and received interest from the Cleveland Browns.

The veteran linebacker is represented by Philadelphia based agent Ed Wasielewski.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t report for training camp until this Thursday (7/29), but they only have one more player from their 2010 NFL Draft class to sign.

The latest to sign on the dotted line is sixth-round pick RB Deji Karim (5-8, 209, Southern Illinois), the team announced. First-round pick DT Tyson Alualu is the lone player unsigned.

According to a source, Karim signed a four-year deal worth close to $1.9 million.

A personnel source said Karim fits in as a change of pace back and could see time as a kickoff returner.


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In other team news, LB Torrance “Tank” Daniels was released off injured reserve, a source said.
Daniels was placed on IR in April. He signed with the team last December.

Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders reeled in another player from their 2010 NFL Draft class late this week. The latest to sign is seventh-round pick S Stevie Brown (5-11, 215, Michigan), the team announced.

Brown signed a four-year deal worth just under $1.83 million, a source said.

Brown, who has really good size, figures to compete for a job in training camp as the team’s fourth or fifth safety.

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a contract with fifth-round pick Robert Johnson (6-2, 203, Utah), the rookie announced via his Twitter page.

According to a source, Johnson agreed to a four-year deal worth just under $2 million.

Johnson is known in scouting circles for his intelligence and field awareness. He’s capable of playing both safety spots, but fits in best at free safety, a personnel source said.

Tagged: Bengals, Browns, Cowboys, Titans, Raiders, Dolphins, Jets, Jaguars, Marques Douglas, Isaiah Ekejiuba, Robert Johnson, Deji Karim, Shawn Lauvao, Brandon Ghee, Sean Lee, Stevie Brown

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