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Rookie's arrival has a vet licking chops

JACKSONVILLE — Tyson Alualu has a surprise waiting for him when he gets to Jaguars training camp: A matchup in the "Oklahoma drill" against fellow Hawaiian and childhood friend Vince Manuwai.

Alualu, picked 10th overall in April's draft, ended a five-day holdout Monday by agreeing to a five-year contract worth $28 million. The deal includes $17.5 million guaranteed.

The defensive tackle out of California is expected to arrive in Jacksonville today and be on the field a short time later.

Manuwai, a 333-pound guard, requested a matchup against Alualu in the one-on-one drill that has become a tradition at Jacksonville's first full-pads practice. Alualu missed that session Sunday. Coach Jack Del Rio was happy to grant the request.

"Mr. Vince Manuwai would like to welcome him," Del Rio said of the eight-year veteran.

Also, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with Jacksonville business leaders, local politicians, team officials and players. He expressed support for the small-market team but also hinted that fans need to do more to keep it in town. The Jaguars had nine of 10 homes games blacked out last season, becoming the poster child for attendance problems and getting labeled a target for potential relocation.

BENGALS: Tight end Jermaine Gresham, the No. 21 overall pick, agreed to a deal to end his six-day holdout and is expected to practice today. … Adam Jones, the cornerback once known as "Pacman," and as one of the league's top troublemakers, had his first practice. Jones, 26, sat out last season when no team took a chance on him in the wake of several suspensions and arrests.

BILLS: General manager Buddy Nix said the team is moving on without leading pass rusher Aaron Schobel, who has not attended camp as he considers retirement. Schobel, who turns 33 next month, has four years left on a $50.5 million extension he signed in 2007. … Rookie left tackle Ed Wang has an undisclosed injury that could require surgery. Wang watched practice with a wrap around his lower right leg.

CARDINALS: Nose tackle Dan Williams, picked 26th overall from Tennessee, agreed on a five-year contract. The Arizona Republic reported that the deal will be worth at least $10 million.

COLTS: Owner Jim Irsay reiterated that he intends to make QB Peyton Manning the league's highest-paid player even if it takes the prohibitive franchise tag. Manning signed his current deal worth $98 million in 2004.

49ERS: Guard David Baas sustained a mild concussion in the team's first full-pads practice.

JETS: Owner Woody Johnson said he's willing to meet with Darrelle Revis personally to settle the holdout cornerback's contract dispute.

LIONS: Ndamukong Suh, the No. 2 overall pick in April's draft, missed his third straight day of practice.

REDSKINS: Albert Haynesworth made his third try at a conditioning test but, because of lingering knee irritation, completed just 75 of the 300 yards of the first sprint. Coach Mike Shanahan said the defensive tackle might practice even if he doesn't pass the fitness test. "Possibly," Shanahan said. … The team acquired quarterback John Beck from the Ravens for cornerback Doug Dutch, and released QB Colt Brennan.

VIKINGS: According to ESPN.com, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said cornerback Cedric Griffin will miss the regular-season opener, Sept. 9 at New Orleans. Griffin is recovering from offseason knee surgery.

INDY PREPARATION: League officials and the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee have a contingency plan if a work stoppage postpones the 2012 Super Bowl. Committee president and CEO Allison Melangton said the NFL wanted Indy's Super Bowl venues and hotel room blocks left open for the weekend of Feb. 5, the scheduled Super Bowl date, and the following weekend. The NFL Players Association fears team owners will lock out players before next season.

LABOR: The union named Nolan Harrison as senior director of former player services. Harrison played 10 seasons and was the player rep for the Steelers from 1998-2000.

OBITUARY: Former Lions cornerback James Hunter died Monday, apparently of a heart attack. He was 56.

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