- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2009

From combined dispatches

The New York Jets and quarterback Mark Sanchez reached an agreement on a multiyear contract Wednesday.

Sanchez was the fifth pick in the NFL Draft in April after leading Southern California to a Rose Bowl win over Penn State with a record-setting performance. The quarterback is competing with veteran Kellen Clemens for the Jets’ starting job, up for grabs after the retirement of Brett Favre.

The Jets made the announcement while Sanchez was still participating in the afternoon session of minicamp. Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but it was expected to be for quite a bit less than the $41.7 million in guarantees Detroit gave top pick Matthew Stafford as part of a six-year deal worth up to $78 million.

New York’s last two top picks, linebacker Vernon Gholston and cornerback Darrelle Revis, reported to training camp late while trying to negotiate deals.

VIKINGS: Minnesota never told Brett Favre to make up his mind by this week if he wants to play, according to coach Brad Childress.

In fact, Childress said, the team has no timetable for Favre to decide about coming out of retirement again to quarterback the Vikings.

“I’m not into predicting the future, you know?” the coach said. “We’ll just have to see what’s around the corner tomorrow.”

SEAHAWKS: Coach Jim Mora says Michael Vick deserves to be reinstated to the NFL, though that second chance apparently wouldn’t come in Seattle.

Mora, who coached Vick when he was Atlanta’s quarterback, said during the Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp: “I believe he’s paid his debt to society.”

But Mora said Seattle won’t be adding any quarterbacks.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not committed to reinstating Vick after he completes his 23-month sentence July 20 for running a dogfighting ring.

BILLS: A misdemeanor charge against fullback Corey McIntyre will be dropped after police in Port St. Lucie, Fla., say a witness offered questionable statements.

Prosecutors say the victim’s identification of McIntyre as the suspect was questionable.

PATRIOTS: Nose tackle Vince Wilfork is practicing again with New England.

Wilfork attended the first day of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp after skipping all 12 days of voluntary organized team activities.

He missed those workouts to emphasize his desire for a new contract to replace the six-year deal that ends after this season.

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