Saturday, July 21
Morgan will get five-year, $8.75M deal

The Carolina Panthers signed the last of their eight draft picks Saturday, agreeing to terms with linebacker Dan Morgan and Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke.'s John Clayton reports that Morgan will sign a five-year deal worth $8.75 million, which includes a $5.4 million signing bonus with $4.1 million given this year and the remaining $1.3 million in a second-year option. As part of the deal, there is a $1.5 million escalator in the last year of the contract based on performance and playing incentives.

Morgan, the first-round pick from Miami, and Weinke, the former Florida State quarterback selected in the fourth round, are expected to sign the deals when rookies report to camp Sunday.

"It's a positive start to training camp to have everyone aboard and expected to be in on time," coach George Seifert said.

Morgan was the 11th overall pick. The first player to win the Butkus, Nagurski and Bednarik awards in the same season, he's expected to start at outside linebacker this season.

"I'm real excited about getting things started on the right foot," Morgan said. "It's a good situation and very beneficial when you are able to get to camp on time."

Weinke, who is 29 and a year older than starting quarterback Jeff Lewis, is expected to begin his career as a backup.

The Panthers start training camp Sunday in Spartanburg, S.C. The first practice with the entire team is scheduled for Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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