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Cowboys' Bryant shows eagerness to impress

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Dez Bryant was more than on time for the start of Cowboys training camp. The first-round pick was the first one on the field Saturday.

"I'm just ready to play, that's the message," Bryant said. "I'm ready to do whatever they ask me to do. I'm here to work hard, I'm here to give 100 percent, just bring my A-game."

Wearing the No. 88 jersey assigned to him right after being drafted, Bryant emerged from the Alamodome tunnel about 45 minutes before the first workout. The receiver from Oklahoma State then caught passes from an undrafted rookie quarterback.

Bryant had alleviated any concern about him missing any workouts when he agreed to terms of a five-year contract before getting to San Antonio. He signed it after he arrived.

The Cowboys traded up three spots in April to get Bryant 24th overall after the talented receiver slipped in the draft amid questions about his character.

But Bryant agreed Thursday to the deal that guarantees him at least $8.3 million. His base salary this season is $320,000, but he got a $1.95 million signing bonus and gets a $570,000 roster bonus during camp.

ex-usf player arrested: Former USF cornerback Jerome Murphy, a third-round pick of the Rams, was arrested near the Tampa campus and charged with a misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license. Murphy, 23, who signed a four-year deal with the Rams last month, was arrested at 1 p.m., booked into county jail and released two hours later on $250 cash bond.

Broncos: Sixth-round draft pick Eric Olsen (offensive line, Notre Dame) signed. Terms were not disclosed.

Giants: Former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck, 33, agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.5 million deal. The Giants have been looking for a replacement for Antonio Pierce, who was released after last season.

Vikings: Despite an offer from new USC coach Lane Kiffin to become Trojans offensive coordinator, assistant coach Eric Bieniemy decided to stay in Minnesota. Bieniemy, who turns 41 in August, will receive a promotion and pay raise on his two-year contract. He will still oversee the running backs but has been given the title of assistant head coach offense.

Obituary: Kaye Cowher, wife of former Steelers coach Bill Cowher and a former basketball player at North Carolina State and in the now-defunct Women's Professional Basketball League, died Friday of skin cancer in Raleigh, N.C. She was 54.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

Cowboys' Bryant shows eagerness to impress 07/24/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 24, 2010 10:24pm]
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