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Cowboys sign their top pick

Quarterback Quincy Carter, the team's top draft pick in April, has been given a five-year, $3.3-million contract.

The Cowboys, who didn't have a first-round pick in April, took Carter in the second round as the 53rd player overall _ higher than most draft lists rated the former Georgia quarterback. It was the first time since drafting Troy Aikman and Steve Walsh in 1989 that Dallas used its top pick on a quarterback.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday that the contract includes a $1.525-million signing bonus. Carter's base salary will be the NFL minimum, $209,000 this season, then increase to $298,000 in 2002, $389,000 in 2003, $418,000 in 2004 and $448,000 by 2005.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Carter could be the long-term replacement for Aikman, who retired after leading the Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles the past 12 seasons.

Veteran quarterback Tony Banks, who signed a one-year, $500,000 contract in March, is expected to be the starter.

BEARS: Wide receiver David Terrell, a first-round pick in April, was expected to be a holdout when the team began practice this morning. Second-round pick Anthony Thomas, a running back, and Mike Gandy, a guard, also were unsigned. Kick returner Glyn Milburn, however, re-signed.

JETS: Veteran offensive lineman Jumbo Elliott was released. Elliott, who retired at the start of last season, returned later in the season as a backup and caught the first touchdown pass of his career on a tackle-eligible play against Miami. Elliott, 36, grew up in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., and spent his entire 14-year NFL career with New York teams _ the Giants and Jets. He played in college at Michigan.

LIONS: Defensive lineman Jared DeVries, a third-year player and a key defensive line backup, tentatively is scheduled for surgery Tuesday to alleviate a condition that recently caused a blood clot in his left arm. Doctors said the clot was the result of the pressure of a rib against a vein. The surgery will be performed in St. Louis. DeVries will miss all of training camp and the start of the regular season. He might be ready to play by the sixth or seventh game.

PATRIOTS: Kenyatta Jones, who started 40 games at offensive tackle for South Florida and was the team's fourth-round draft pick, signed. Terms were not disclosed.

RAMS: Fourth-round draft pick Milton Wynn signed a three-year contract. The Rams also announced the signing of free-agent running back Ron Janes, and released tight end John Allred. Wynn, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver, was the 116th overall pick in the April draft from Washington State.

RAVENS: Second-round draft pick Gary Baxter agreed to terms on a four-year, $2.2-million contract with a $920,000 signing bonus, agent David Dunn said. Baxter's agreement leaves the defending Super Bowl champions with only two unsigned draft picks before they start training camp at Western Maryland College in Westminster on July 29.

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