Inside the NFL: The News and Notes from All the NFC Teams

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IJuly 31, 2009

BETHLEHEM, PA - JULY 25:  (L-R) Mike Bartrum #88, Reggie Hodges #3, and Dirk Johnson #8 of the Philadelphia Eagles look on near the end of training camp on the practice field at Lehigh University on July 25, 2006 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

A look at this week's news involving NFC teams. Check out which rookies have come to terms with their teams, and which ones are still unsigned going into training camp.

Arizona Cardinals: WR Anquan Boldin, who was unhappy with his contract last season, showed up to training camp for the Cardinals and plans on staying away from the topic. He claims whatever happens with his contract situation will be in the hands of his agent and that he just wants to focus on playing football.

Atlanta Falcons: According to a report from, the team has signed first-round draft pick DT Peria Jerry to a five-year deal. The deal is expected to have a maximum value of $13 million, with $7 million guaranteed. Jerry spent two years as a starter at Ole Miss and was the 24th overall pick in the draft last April.

Carolina Panthers: With training camp approaching Sunday, the team's only unsigned rookie is CB Sherrod Martin, who was selected in the second round. Earlier this week, the Panthers signed DE Everette Brown from Florida State and DT Corvey Irvin from Georgia.

Chicago Bears: WR Earl Bennett showed up to training camp on Thursday with a chip on his shoulder to prove the doubters wrong about the team's wide receivers for the upcoming season. Bennett looks to have a breakout season after learning Ron Turner's system and reuniting with his former college teammate, QB Jay Cutler.

Dallas Cowboys: Rumors had been swirling that the team was interested in signing WR Matt Jones. However, according to his agent, Dave Butz, the team is no longer interested in signing him. Jones was released from the Jacksonville Jaguars in mid-July.

Detroit Lions: The team has come to terms with S Louis Delmas. The safety from Western Michigan signed a four-year deal, but the terms of the contract have not been disclosed. Remaining unsigned from this year's draft class include TE Brandon Pettigrew, WR Derrick Williams, and DT Sammie Hill.

Green Bay Packers: The only player remaining left unsigned from this year's draft class is DT B.J. Raji from Boston College. On Thursday, the team signed OLB Clay Matthews III from Southern California.

nnesota Vikings: Other than the announcement of QB Brett Favre, DE Kenechi Udeze announced his retirement after attempting a comeback from leukemia. In 51 games with the Vikings, he recorded 11 sacks and 117 total tackles.

New Orleans Saints: On Wednesday, the team signed fourth-round pick S Chip Vaughn and fifth-round pick P Thomas Morstead, with each player receiving a four-year deal. However, the team has yet to sign its top draft pick, CB Malcolm Jenkins.

New York Giants: On Thursday, the team reached agreements with second-round picks OLB Clint Sintim and OT William Beatty. The only unsigned player from this year's draft class is first-round pick WR Hakeem Nicks.

Philadelphia Eagles: The main story in the City of Brotherly Love this week came as a sad one, as the team lost their long-time defensive coordinator, Jim Johnson, to cancer. The 68-year-old defensive mastermind was diagnosed with melanoma back in January after a Divisional Round matchup against the Giants in the playoffs.

San Francisco 49ers: WR Michael Crabtree remains the only rookie unsigned for the 49ers as training camp is set to begin this weekend. According to a report from, the Wide Receiver from Texas Tech is nowhere near reaching the type of deal he is looking for.

Seattle Seahawks: The team has agreed to terms with OT Max Unger, signing him to a four-year deal that guarantees him $1.95 million. The team's only unsigned draft pick is fourth-round pick LB Aaron Curry.

St. Louis Rams: On the eve of training camp, the team signed OT Jason Smith, the second overall pick in this year's draft. The Offensive Tackle from Baylor signed a five-year deal that can max out close to $62 million, with $33 million guaranteed.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The team enters training camp on Friday without Jon Gruden, who is the only head coach in franchise history to win a Super Bowl. Expect a different type of offense and defense under new head coach Raheem Morris, who takes over with a handful of new coordinators and assistants on his squad.

Washington Redskins: Late Thursday night, the team signed first-round draft pick DE Brian Orakpo to a five-year deal. The Redskins now have all of their draft picks signed as they continue training camp on Friday.

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