Rookie quarterback Heath Shuler was at training camp and ready to practice with the Washington Redskins today after signing an eight-year, $19 million contract.
Shuler arrived late Tuesday night and signed early this morning in time to be at the morning workout, Redskins spokesman John Autry said.The deal, the largest in team history, includes a signing bonus of $5 million, also the largest the team has ever paid.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Shuler, 22, was selected third overall in the draft, out of Tennessee. He is the centerpiece of coach Norv Turner's plans to rebuild the Redskins from their 4-12 season last year.
But despite appearing in several minicamps in the spring, Shuler is far behind the rest of the team in learning the team's offense, having missed two weeks of twice-a-day practices and daily team meetings.