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Former USF linebacker Stephen Nicholas gets $17.5 million to stay with Atlanta Falcons

Former USF 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.

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.

Former USF linebacker Stephen Nicholas gets $17.5 million to stay with Atlanta Falcons 07/27/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 2:08pm]

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