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Patriots sign second-round pick Chung from Oregon

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots signed safety Patrick Chung, their top draft pick, leaving two of their 12 choices without agreements.

Chung, out of Oregon, was one of four players drafted in the second round by the Patriots, who traded their first-round pick. He was taken with the 34th pick overall, obtained from the Kansas City Chiefs for quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel.

Details of the contract were not disclosed. The Patriots other three second-round picks signed four-year deals. They are nose tackle Ron Brace of Boston College, cornerback Darius Butler of Connecticut and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer of Houston.

The Patriots released safety Antwain Spann, a three-year veteran.

Chung started the most games of any defensive player in his school's history. His 51 consecutive starts are tied for the Oregon record for players at any position.

The Patriots hold their first full-squad training camp practices Thursday. Rookies reported Sunday.

Spann played in 19 regular season and three postseason games for the Patriots the past three seasons.


At Englewood, Colo., Brandon Marshall is one unhappy camper.

The recalcitrant Pro Bowl receiver reported to the first day of Denver's training camp after skipping all offseason workouts while rehabbing from a hip operation and protesting his contract and what he feels was a misdiagnosis of his injury by the team's medical staff.

After catching several passes in the light afternoon workout, Marshall made it clear by his body language and evasiveness during a terse five-minute news conference that he remains dissatisfied in Denver.

He said the only reason he reported to Dove Valley after skipping the team's voluntary workout program and its mandatory minicamp was to avoid the $15,888 daily fines he could have been assessed otherwise.

The Broncos' first full squad workout isn't until Friday but Marshall was told to report Monday with the quarterbacks, other veterans coming off injuries and the rookies — although first-round draft picks Knowshon Moreno and Robert Ayers remained unsigned.

Marshall's agent, Kennard McGuire, and general manger Brian Xanders were seen walking into the team's headquarters together Monday afternoon, but McGuire declined to reveal what was discussed, and Xanders didn't return a message.

"He said he was coming and he showed up," was about all McGuire had to say for the record about his client, who wants to renegotiate the $2.2 million left on his contract this year.


At Bethlehem, Pa., one day into his 11th NFL training camp, Donovan McNabb is sounding like a coach.

After Philadelphia reached its fifth NFC championship game in eight years last season, the Eagles added several players to boost an offense that seems to perpetually rely on McNabb and running back Brian Westbrook.

The Eagles drafted receiver Jeremy Maclin, running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Cornelius Ingram. Maclin scored 33 touchdowns in a two-year career at Missouri, McCoy rushed for almost 1,500 yards last season at Pitt, while Ingram was Florida's top tight end before missing last season with a knee injury.

All three are talented, explosive — and young.

"We've got a lot of 20- and 21-year-old kids on this team," McNabb said as the Eagles hit the practice field at Lehigh University. "I'm 32 years old. I've seen a lot of what they've done in college, but again, it goes back to, 'Can you do the same things in college on the pro level?' And some have, some haven't."

The Eagles didn't go with a total youth movement, opting for experience to protect McNabb. They acquired two veteran offensive linemen, trading with Buffalo for two-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters and signing free agent Stacy Andrews away from the Bengals.