The New York Jets and quarterback Mark Sanchez reached an agreement on a five-year contract yesterday.
The Jets made the announcement while Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft in April, was still at practice during the afternoon session of minicamp.
"This is just the beginning," Sanchez said after practice. "I'll be working every day to justify this contract."
Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but it was expected to be for quite a bit less than the $41.7 million in guarantees Detroit gave top pick Matthew Stafford as part of a six-year deal worth up to $78 million.
Sanchez led Southern California to a Rose Bowl victory over Penn State with a record-setting performance in his final college game. He is competing with veteran Kellen Clemens for the Jets' starting job, up for grabs after the retirement of Brett Favre.
Mora backs Vick. Seahawks coach Jim Mora says Michael Vick deserves to be reinstated to the NFL, though that second chance apparently would not come in Seattle.
Mora, who coached Vick with the Atlanta Falcons, said, "I believe he's paid his debt to society."
But Mora said Seattle won't be adding any quarterbacks.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not committed to reinstating Vick after he completes his 23-month sentence on July 20 for running a dogfighting ring.
No Favre deadline. The Minnesota Vikings never told Favre to make up his mind by this week if he wants to play, according to coach Brad Childress.
In fact, Childress said, the team has no timetable for Favre to decide about coming out of retirement again to quarterback the Vikings.
Asked if there was a deadline, Childress said "absolutely not" - unless it came from Favre's wife, Deanna, or "somebody like that."
New program for vets. The NFL is starting a spinal treatment program for retired players. The league will make specialists available at five hospitals across the United States to evaluate and treat retirees with spinal injuries. It will be available to any player whose pension is vested, which comes after he has played three seasons plus four games.
Holmes charge dropped. Pittsburgh prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor drug charge against Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes. Pittsburgh police had said they found three marijuana-filled cigars in Holmes' car when he was pulled over on Oct. 23.
Wilfork works out. Nose tackle Vince Wilfork is practicing again. Wilfork attended the first day of New England's mandatory three-day minicamp after skipping all 12 days of voluntary organized team activities. Wilfork is seeking a new contract.