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
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By Len Pasquarelli: SportsLine.com Senior Writer