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Former Hurricane Moss no closer to deal

The agent for former University of Miami receiver Santana Moss, the Jets' first-round draft pick, said Friday he was still hopeful a deal could be worked out by Wednesday, when rookies report, although he said there had been no recent progress in negotiations.

The Jets met with agent Drew Rosenhaus last week and the sides have been in constant communication since then, but Rosenhaus said there was still a long way to go before a deal was completed.

Jets general manager Terry Bradway said he was less concerned with the rookie reporting date than he was with having Moss and two other unsigned rookies _ running back LaMont Jordan and offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie _ with the team when training camp opens July 28. The Jets begin practice July 30.

49ERS: Menson Holloway, the former defensive end at Texas-El Paso selected in the sixth round, signed a three-year contract.

BROWNS: Offensive lineman Tony Jones signed a three-year contract that brings the 13-year veteran back to the city where he started his pro career. Jones played for Cleveland from 1988-95, then won two Super Bowls in four years with Denver.

DOLPHINS: Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor signed a one-year deal. Miami designated Taylor its franchise player after last season. Taylor made the Pro Bowl for the first time last season.

JAGUARS: Offensive lineman John Wade will miss the exhibition season because his fractured right foot has not yet healed, coach Tom Coughlin said.

PACKERS: The NFL suspended defensive tackle Cletidus Hunt for the first four regular-season games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

RAMS: Free-agent tight end Steve Bush signed.

TITANS: Veteran running back Jonathan Linton, formerly with the Bills, agreed to a one-year deal.

BROWNS: A judge granted final approval of a settlement of a lawsuit season-ticket holders filed against the former team that moved to Baltimore.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Callahan preliminarily approved the settlement in April and ordered time for notification of parties in the class-action case. The settlement involves about 14,000 former season-ticket holders.

In the lawsuit, Ravens owner Art Modell was accused of misleading 1995 season-ticket holders by saying publicly, when the team was in Cleveland, he would never move the Browns.

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