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ANDERSON, Ind. » Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says he still plans to make Peyton Manning the NFL’s highest-paid player, even if that requires putting the franchise tag on the four-time league MVP next season.

Manning has one more year left on his current deal. Irsay had hoped to give Manning an extension during the offseason, but the uncertain labor situation and the uncapped season have complicated negotiations.

At the team’s first training-camp practice yesterday, Irsay told reporters that Manning’s agent and team president Bill Polian have been discussing an extension.

Irsay gave no timetable for an agreement.

 

Haynesworth tries, stops

Two-time All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth tried to take the Washington Redskins conditioning test again yesterday, but he pulled up after three back-and-forth sprints because he felt some irritation in his left knee.

Haynesworth isn’t allowed to practice until he passes the test, which consists of two timed 300-yard back-and-forth shuttle runs performed 3 1/2 minutes apart.

 

Signing on

» First-round draft pick Jermaine Gresham agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, ending a holdout that kept the tight end away for six days of training camp. Gresham, the 21st overall pick, is expected to sign his deal today. Terms were not announced.

» The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a five-year deal with first-round draft pick Jerry Hughes, a former defensive end from TCU.

 

Dinged up

» Seattle Seahawks starting linebacker Aaron Curry will likely remain out until at least Thursday because of a concussion he suffered on the opening day of training camp last weekend. Coach Pete Carroll said Sunday his $34 million linebacker got "dinged a little bit" and had some headaches.

» San Francisco 49ers left guard David Baas suffered a mild concussion in yesterday’s first full-pads practice of training camp. Coach Mike Singletary said the offensive lineman likely will miss at least several days of two-a-day workouts.

Baas apparently was hurt in one-on-one drills.

First-round draft pick Mike Iupati — selected at No. 17 out of Idaho — will take over with the first-team offense.

 

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