The NFL Players Association reached a $26.25 million settlement yesterday with thousands of retired players who successfully had sued the union for cutting them out of lucrative marketing deals.

NFLPA official George Atallah confirmed the settlement and said more details would be released during a news conference today in Washington.

The settlement amount is close to the $28.1 million the NFLPA was ordered to pay after a federal jury in San Francisco ruled in favor of the players in November. The jury determined the union had failed to include retired NFL players in deals with Electronic Arts Inc., the maker of the "Madden NFL" video game, and other companies. The NFLPA dropped its appeal yesterday.

Jurisprudence. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donté Stallworth entered a plea of not guilty to DUI manslaughter charges from a fatal Miami car crash in which a pedestrian died.

The plea was entered at a brief hearing by defense attorney Christopher Lyons. The 28-year-old Stallworth did not appear. No trial date has been set.

Stallworth faces up to 15 years if convicted. Police say he was driving drunk after a night on the town when he struck and killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes on a Miami Beach causeway.

The former Eagle is free on $200,000 bail.

Noteworthy. The Arizona Cardinals signed two-time Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson to a new five-year, $39 million contract, with $18.5 million guaranteed. . . . Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield and running backs Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor stayed away from minicamp in contract disputes. . . . The San Francisco 49ers signed left tackle Joe Staley to a six-year contract extension, securing the young lineman through 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed. . . . Running back Patrick Pass signed an undisclosed contract with New England Patriots.