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Philadelphia Daily News


Eagles president Joe Banner confirmed last night that the team has agreed to a reworking of the final 2 years of quarterback Donovan McNabb's contract.

Terms were not immediately available.

McNabb began the offseason wanting some answers about his role going forward, and wanting his contract addressed. Agent Fletcher Smith was supposed to be in town yesterday evening to see McNabb honored as a "Father of the Year" by the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

"Donovan has played a large part of this team's success over the last 10 years," said Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie. "He has been a professional in every sense of the word."

Ready to roll

Andy Reid indicated that when the Birds convene at Lehigh (rookies July 26, vets July 29), the plan for the offensive line will stay as it has been in minicamps, with new right guard Stacy Andrews finally ready to test his repaired knee.

"We're going to keep an eye on him, but I think he'll be ready to go, yeah," Reid said. "We'll ease him into it and see how he does."

Reid added that Shawn Andrews, Stacy's brother, "looks comfortable" at right tackle, where he moved from right guard.

But Reid continued to keep the door open to former right tackle Jon Runyan, as Runyan recovers from microfracture surgery.

"Shawn is doing a nice job, and Jon is doing a great job of getting himself ready to play, and we'll just see how things work out down the road here," Reid said.

Still scratching

Negotiations on a possible Pennsylvania Lottery instant scratch-off game featuring logos for the Eagles and Steelers continue.

Other states, such as Massachusetts with the Patriots, already have purchased the licensing rights from the local NFL club and run lotto games, usually for cash prizes. Pennsylvania hopes to have a game similar to one it debuted in 2008 that includes the Phillies and Pirates. That contest is $5 per ticket, with prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000.


Corner Jack Ikegwuonu's comeback from a year off following knee surgery seemed to get a boost from the OTAs. Andy Reid said Ikegwuonu's leg "showed improvement every week here" . . . The Eagles announced the signing of fifth-round tight end Cornelius Ingram and created roster space by waiving three players - veteran defensive tackle Amon Gordon and free-agent rookies Walter Mendenhall, a running back from Illinois State, and Adam DiMichele, the former Temple quarterback. Gordon tore an Achilles' and was waived/injured, meaning he gets a settlement . . . Asked what Asante Samuel's absence from the second week of OTAs meant for Samuel's stated desire to be a defensive leader, Reid said: "We'll see how he does when he comes back for camp. I don't think he'll be any different than what he was out here" . . . Defensive end Bryan Smith missed the final day with a swollen knee . . . Reid said Brian Westbrook has "started his rehab process and is working to get ready for training camp." *

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