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Summarized by Kent Larsen

First-Round LDS Football Draft Pick Signs with Colts

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- Former BYU football star and LDS returned missionary Rob "Freight Train" Morris signed a five-year contract with the Indianpolis Colts Wednesday and immediately joined the team in practice, two weeks behind the Colts' other rookies. Indianapolis picked Morris in the first round of the NFL draft (28th overall) and expects him to be in their starting lineup when the NFL season opens in the fall.

While the Colts declined to specify the financial breakdown of the contract, analysts believe that the five-year deal is worth $5.3 to $5.6 million. CBS Sportsline also reports that Morris received a signing bonus of $2.15 million. Morris' contract negotiations went significantly better than those of his former teammate John Tait, who finally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs after the season had already begun last year.

Because he joined the team so late, it isn't clear if Morris will be ready to play in Saturday's pre-season opener against Atlanta.


First-round pick Morris signs with Colts - CBS
Sportsline 26Jul00 S2
By Len Pasquarelli: Senior Writer


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