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BROWNS FINALLY GET QUINN SIGNED TO DEAL

Brady Quinn has some catching up to do.

The quarterback signed a five-year contract Tuesday night with the Browns, ending an 11-day holdout that essentially eliminated his chances to begin the season as the starter.

After agreeing to terms, Quinn flew in from Arizona, where he had been working out, and signed the contract. He's scheduled at a morning news conference today.

"He'll get here early and he'll stay late," coach Romeo Crennel said. "I know if you put those kind of hours in and study, you'll have a chance."

The deal, worth $20.2-million, with $7.75-million guaranteed, could reach $30-million over five years with incentives.

The signing leaves No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell (Raiders) and No. 14 Darrelle Revis (Jets) as the only unsigned picks.

Minter retires

Mike Minter, the Panthers' career leader in games started and tackles, blamed achy knees in announcing his retirement after 10 seasons with the team.

The 33-year-old safety, wearing dark sunglasses, cited injuries for quitting a year earlier than he planned.

"I thought about it long and hard," Minter said at a news conference at training camp. "I don't want to be at 80 or 85 percent, but want to be remembered as a player who always played at 100 percent."

Owner Jerry Richardson, fighting back tears, said Minter was the face of the franchise.

Minter, a second-round pick in 1997, has 467 more tackles than any other player in franchise history. His 141 starts and 94 consecutive are team records.

BILLS: Rookie running back Dwayne Wright was taken to a hospital after his face swelled from an allergic reaction to something he ate. Wright was fine but doctors kept him for 10-12 hours for observation, coach Dick Jauron said.

CHARGERS: Former safety Terrence Kiel was sentenced to three years probation on a misdemeanor charge of shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas. Kiel was dropped from the team in March.

COWBOYS: Receiver Terrell Owens returned to practice after missing two days with back spasms.

DOLPHINS: Linebacker Joey Porter had arthroscopic knee surgery for the third time in two years. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., after Porter went there for a second opinion. Porter was walking soon after and is expected to miss about two weeks.

SAINTS: Starting left tackle Jammal Brown was carted off the field when he crumpled to the ground with an apparent right knee injury. Coach Sean Payton said he was not certain if the injury would require surgery. Payton said Brown would have an MRI exam.

SEAHAWKS: Left tackle Walter Jones (shoulder) missed a fifth consecutive day of practice but coach Mike Holmgren wants the counting to end there about the perennial Pro Bowl player. "We are not going turn this into one of these 'Diary: Day Six. Day Seven. Day Eight,' are we? He's going to be fine. He's fine," Seattle's coach said, adding that Jones, who spent practice in the training room, could have practiced Tuesday.

DEAL: The Bears sent Dante Wesley to the Patriots for an undisclosed pick in next year's draft.

NO VICK HONOR: Michael Vick won't be recognized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at its convention this week after all. Last week, SCLC president Charles Steele said the group was discussing how the embattled Falcons quarterback would be acknowledged at the five-day event in Atlanta.

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