JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars signed their second-round draft pick, defensive back Rashean Mathis, on Thursday, and guard Vince Manuwai, their third-round selection on Friday.
That leaves only No. 1 pick Byron Leftwich (pictured, right) without a contract as the players reported to training camp.
Leftwich's agent, Tom Condon, was in town Friday talking with Paul Vance, the team's contract negotiator.
"I don't sit around and say, 'This is close, this is far,"' Vance said. "I'd just say we're working through it."
Mathis signed a four-year contract worth $3.17 million. Also signing Thursday were safety David Young, defensive end Brandon Green offensive tackle Marques Ogden, all sixth-round picks.
Also as camp began, the Jaguars placed defensive end Tony Brackens on the active/physically unable to perform list. Brackens is still rehabilitating from last November's microfracture surgery on his left knee, as well as an emergency appendicitis that he underwent on June 15.
The Jaguars also signed safety Rick Sherrod, a first-year player who has been with the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys. The 6-2, 195-pound Sherrod played four years at West Virginia, where he led the NCAA with 15.6 tackles per game as a senior. He is a native of Charleston, West Virginia. He will wear jersey No. 26.
The Jaguars began their 2003 training camp with 87 players on the roster.
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