LB Nicholas gets $17.5 million to stay with Falcons

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Lots more notes to get to today, but we'll start with more NFL free agency, as former Bulls linebacker Stephen Nicholas has signed one of the largest contracts ever for a USF alum, agreeing to a five-year, $17.5-million deal to stay with the Atlanta Falcons.

Nicholas, 28, has played four seasons in Atlanta, starting 25 games over the past two years. Here's a Q&A he did with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution during the lockout.

Eight players from last year's USF team have signed as rookies and will report to preseason camps this week -- draft picks Terrell McClain (Panthers), Jacq

Lots more notes to get to today, but we'll start with more NFL free agency, as former Bulls linebacker Stephen Nicholas has signed one of the largest contracts ever for a USF alum, agreeing to a five-year, $17.5-million deal to stay with the Atlanta Falcons.

Nicholas, 28, has played four seasons in Atlanta, starting 25 games over the past two years. Here's a Q&A he did with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution during the lockout.

Eight players from last year's USF team have signed as rookies and will report to preseason camps this week -- draft picks Terrell McClain (Panthers), Jacquian Williams (Giants) and Mistral Raymond (Vikings), as well as free agents Dontavia Bogan (49ers), Kevin Gidrey (Redskins), Sampson Genus (Packers), Craig Marshall (Giants) and David Bedford (Colts). NFL teams can have 90 players on roster right now, with cuts coming quickly over the next five weeks before the season starts the second weekend in September.

-- From the Where Are They Now Dept.: Former USF receiver T.J. Knowles, who left the team before spring drills, said Wednesday he will play his final two seasons of college football at I-AA Sacramento State in California. Knowles, a late addition to last year's recruiting class, was intriguing because of potential mismatches created by his 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame, but he managed just three catches for 13 yards last season.

-- SI.com's Stewart Mandel and Mallory Rubin talk about the Big East in their weekly podcast, with Skip Holtz as their guest. If you listen long enough, Mandel picks the Bulls to win the Big East crown.

-- Interesting note from ESPN's Andy Katz, pointing out that if Connecticut athletic director Jeff Hathaway is forced out, USF athletic director Doug Woolard is one possibility to take over the Big East's spot on the NCAA men's basketball selection committee.

uian Williams (Giants) and Mistral Raymond (Vikings), as well as free agents Dontavia Bogan (49ers), Kevin Gidrey (Redskins), Sampson Genus (Packers), Craig Marshall (Giants) and David Bedford (Colts). NFL teams can have 90 players on roster right now, with cuts coming quickly over the next five weeks before the season starts the second weekend in September.

-- SI.com's Stewart Mandel and Mallory Rubin talk about the Big East in their weekly podcast, with Skip Holtz as their guest. If you listen long enough, Mandel picks the Bulls to win the Big East crown.

-- Interesting note from ESPN's Andy Katz, pointing out that if Connecticut athletic director Jeff Hathaway is forced out, USF athletic director Doug Woolard is one possibility to take over the Big East's spot on the NCAA men's basketball selection committee.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 4:24pm]

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