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Bengals, top pick near deal

The Bengals and holdout QB Akili Smith, despite being unable to agree on money, have agreed on the structure of a contract that would get the No. 3 overall pick into training camp.

Friday, the Bengals agreed to void the last year of a seven-year contract if Smith played in 55 percent of the team's plays in three of the first six years.

The Bengals then thought that Smith's agent, Leigh Steinberg, would agree to a financial package similar to the seven-year, $54-million deal that No. 2 pick Donovan McNabb agreed to with the Eagles, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Removing a year from the contract would drop the Bengals' $49.5-million offer to $41-million. But the Bengals say Steinberg countered with a proposal that would pay Smith more than McNabb in those six years and nearly as much as No. 1 pick Tim Couch for his seven-year, $59-million deal with the Browns.

One sticking point: With negotiators taking swipes at each other publicly, the talks are taking on a bitter tone, similar to 1992, when the Bengals drafted QB David Klingler.

LIONS: T Aaron Gibson should get a definitive answer today on whether he needs season-ending shoulder surgery. DT Jared DeVries, the third-round pick, will visit a specialist to have his injured left foot checked.

PATRIOTS: MLB Ted Johnson is out up to four months after rupturing his left biceps and tearing a tendon from the elbow bone Saturday. Surgery is set for the next day or two. Marty Moore will step in, at least until rookie Andy Katzenmoyer is ready.

SEAHAWKS: Jon Kitna was 17-for-23 for 236 yards and four TDs in a scrimmage. Backup Glenn Foley completed 10 of 21 passes for 91 yards and three TDs. Rookie Brock Huard completed 5 of 10 passes for 71 yards.