NAPA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders signed third-round draft pick Tony Bergstrom on Saturday, two days before the team holds its first practice of training camp.
The former Utah guard, the Raiders' first draft pick of the post-Al Davis era, was among a few dozen players who arrived at the team's facilities near the base of picturesque Napa Valley following a lengthy bus ride from the Bay Area that took nearly twice as long as usual because of traffic.
"I wasn't about to miss anything," said Bergstrom, the 95th player selected in the draft. "(The deal) was hashed out a long time ago. I'm not about to be the first holdout of the new CBA as a third-rounder.".
For Bergstrom, it will be his first time in full pads since the end of his senior season at Utah. Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are restricted from holding any full-contact drills during OTAs and minicamps.
"I'm eager to strap it up," the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Bergstrom said. "A lot of the improvement comes when you put on pads. It's hard to do a ton when you're just in helmets."
The 25-year-old Bergstrom is heading into his first NFL training camp feeling pretty about things. He's made a pretty smooth transition to guard after spending most of his time at Utah playing tackle, and his wife recently gave the birth to the couple's second child.
Bergstrom is also expected to push veteran Cooper Carlisle for the job at left guard. Carlisle was Oakland's starting right guard for the past five years before moving to the left side to make room for newcomer Mike Brisiel.
Getting to Napa proved a bit of a task for Bergstrom and his teammates, most of them undrafted rookies. The trip from the Bay Area, which normally takes 45 minutes, lasted nearly twice that long as the two buses carrying the players inched through the traffic.
"I'm not used to the California traffic yet," Bergstrom said. "I think everybody kind of got on with a nervous tension, then about 20 minutes into the bus ride everybody was just wanting to get off the bus."
MANNING SHINES IN FIRST PADDED PRACTICE: Peyton Manning's first full practice in pads in 18 months drew rave reviews from his coaches and teammates.
Manning put on an aerial show with Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker and others Saturday morning in the latest milestone to his comeback from a nerve injury that cost him all of last season and led to his release from the Indianapolis Colts.
Although Manning threw in full pads during his tryouts at Duke University for the Broncos and other suitors during his first foray into free agency in March and again at times while working out in Denver, this was his first real action in full pads since the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season.
DOLPHINS AGREE TO TERMS WITH TANNEHILL: The Miami Dolphins agreed to terms with Ryan Tannehill, the former Texas A&M quarterback drafted eighth overall. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Saturday.
Tannehill missed the first two days of camp while the Dolphins and his agent, Pat Dye Jr., tried to work out a contract. The first quarterback selected in the first round by the Dolphins since they took Dan Marino in 1983, Tannehill is expected to be at practice Sunday morning.
Tannehill is expected to be part of the competition for the starting quarterback job along with returning starter Matt Moore and offseason acquisition David Garrard.
Tannehill started 19 games at Texas A&M after being switched from wide receiver and his head coach was Mike Sherman, now the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins.
KEMOEAUTU LOOKING FOR SECOND CHANCE: Not too long ago, former Ute Ma'ake Kemoeatu had a knack for swallowing up opposing blockers and running backs with remarkable efficiency. But then the nose tackle was beset by injuries, sitting out two of the last three seasons.
Kemoeatu, 33, is eager to revive the past, and his comeback has begun with the Ravens, who signed the free agent on May 2.1 comment on this story
"I'm trying to prove that I can still play football," he said. "I do feel like I've got a chip on my shoulder. I feel like I still have another three or four years in me. So this year, I'm going to give it a shot."
Kemoeatu sat out the 2009 campaign after tearing his right Achilles tendon and then missed last season to allow a shoulder injury that cut short his stay with the Washington Redskins in 2010 to heal.
During that time away from football, Kemoeatu's weight ballooned to over 400 pounds. But working out reignited his desire to play football.