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Bengals, Gresham agree on contract

First-round draft pick Jermaine Gresham agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, ending a holdout that kept the tight end away for six days of training camp.

Gresham, the 21st overall pick, is expected to arrive in Georgetown on Tuesday to sign his contract and participate in an afternoon practice.

The former Oklahoma star has missed eight practices, but has plenty of time to win the starting job.

The Bengals open their pre-season Sunday in the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, against the Dallas Cowboys. It's unclear whether he might play in the first of Cincinnati's five pre-season games.

"We'll get him in here, get him going and he'll have an opportunity to get into the football game on Sunday," Lewis said. "He has a chance to get off to a great start. He'll get four good weeks of football and be ready for that first week (of the regular season)."

Gresham was expected to win the starting job during camp. The Bengals listed him as the starter even though he was missing practices during the holdout.

"I'm glad the signing will happen," Lewis said. "We've got a lot of snaps for him to get accustomed and get back in. He'll take 50 percent of the snaps."

Colts owner doesn't plan on losing Manning

Jim Irsay won't let Peyton Manning walk away from the Colts next season — no matter the cost. Indy's owner reiterated Monday that he intends to make Manning the NFL's highest-paid player even if it takes the prohibitive franchise tag to keep the only four-time MVP in league history in blue and white.

"The bottom line is we'll get something done and when it happens just depends," Irsay said during the Colts' first training camp practice. "I said he'd be the highest-paid player ... I'd love to see him be here and break all those records as a Colt."

Around the league

Jaguars: Tyson Alualu, the 10th overall pick in April's draft, ended a five-day holdout Monday by agreeing to a five-year contract with Jacksonville worth $28 million. The deal includes $17.5 million guaranteed. The former California defensive tackle is expected to arrive in Jacksonville on Tuesday.

Lions: Holdout Ndamukong Suh missed his third straight day of practice Monday. Suh is the former Nebraska defensive lineman who was the No. 2 pick overall in the draft.

Cardinals: Arizona and first-round draft pick Dan Williams agreed on a five-year contract Monday. The 6-foot-3, 327-pound nose tackle from Tennessee is expected to practice on Tuesday.

Ex-Lion Hunter dies at 56

Former Lions cornerback James Hunter died Monday from an apparent heart attack at age 56. Hunter led the Lions in interceptions in three of his seven seasons. His career ended because of a neck injury in 1982.

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