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Caver gets four-year deal

PHILADELPHIA -- Second-round draft pick Quinton Caver signed
a four-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, hours
before the team's first practice of training camp.

Caver, expected to compete for a starting job at linebacker, was
on the field Friday with other rookies and some veterans. He was
the last draft pick of the Eagles to sign.

Caver, 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, had a career-high 91 tackles
last season at Arkansas to earn first-team All-SEC honors.

In two other moves, wide receiver Steve Vagedes rejoined the
Eagles, signing a one-year contract about a month after he was
released by the team, and defensive tackle Giradie Mercer was
released.

Vagedes, 6-2 and 215 pounds, originally signed with the Eagles
on May 19. He entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Atlanta
last year but was released before the start of the regular season.
He was a star receiver and punter at Ohio Northern.