Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves says he looks forward to working with Anquan Boldin's new agent, Tom Condon.

Condon has not confirmed multiple reports he was hired by Boldin, but Graves ended any doubt with his comments after the Cardinals practiced yesterday.

"I look forward to working with him on this deal whenever we can get the opportunity to concentrate on it," Graves said.

Condon, who represents such NFL stars as Peyton and Eli Manning and Marvin Harrison, did not return messages left at his office and on his cell phone.

Boldin, embroiled in a long contract fight with the Cardinals, fired Drew Rosenhaus, who had represented him since the wide receiver was drafted out of Florida State in 2003. Boldin sat out minicamp last month, citing a sore hamstring. He has been a no-show in the subsequent voluntary workouts.


* Tom Brady's surgeon said he is surprised by how quickly the New England Patriots quarterback is recovering from knee surgery.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Dr. Neal ElAttrache said Brady "even exceeded what I thought he was going to be able to do, and I was expecting big things from him."

Brady, who missed almost all of last season with the injury, returned to organized team activities with the Patriots last Tuesday.

* New York Jets running back Leon Washington returned to the team after boycotting practice the last 3 weeks while in a contract dispute.

He is due to earn $535,000 this season, the final year of his rookie deal. He's believed to be looking for about $6 million a year.

* Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in his drunken driving case, allowing him to avoid jail time.

Hall was arrested in Batavia, Ohio, on April 5 and charged with drunken driving and crossing the center line of a road. He still faces punishment from the NFL under its conduct policy.

* Charges against Washington Redskins offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges stemming from an incident at a restaurant in a Charlotte, N.C., have been dropped.

Bridges was a member of the Carolina Panthers when he was arrested on Dec. 7. He was accused of spraying champagne on other customers and getting into a dispute with a restaurant employee while he celebrated his anniversary with his wife.

* Longtime NFL executive Joel Collier has been hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as assistant general manager to GM Scott Pioli. The Chiefs also hired manager of football operations Chris Caminiti.

* The New York Jets and Giants signed a memorandum of understanding with the Environmental Protection Agency that will make their new $1.6 billion football stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands one of the greenest in professional sports. The stadium is scheduled to open for the 2010 season.

* Headed into contact talks with the players' union, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says there is no timetable to reach a new agreement. Goodell and the owners will meet with the NFL Players Association tomorrow to begin negotiations, although the initial session is expected to deal with procedural questions.

The collective bargaining agreement expires after the draft in 2011.

* Former NFL linebacker Eric Naposki has been extradited from Connecticut to Orange County, Calif., to face a murder charge in the 1994 shooting death of his ex-lover's millionaire boyfriend.

Naposki and Nanette Packard McNeal, 43, were arrested and charged last month with killing businessman William McLaughlin for financial gain. Prosecutors say Packard McNeal was a beneficiary of a $1 million life insurance policy on McLaughlin. Authorities say she persuaded Naposki to shoot McLaughlin. Both face up to life in prison if convicted.

Naposki played for New England and Indianapolis in the late 1980s. *