Receiver Randy Moss, the Minnesota Vikings' top draft pick, signed a four-year contract worth about $4.5 million Sunday.

"Now that I'm here, my prayers have been answered," Moss said as he pulled into the parking lot at the Vikings' training camp at Mankato State.Moss, an All-American from Marshall, will receive a $2 million signing bonus.

Although Moss was projected as a top five pick, he tumbled to No. 21 largely because of a series of off-the-field problems during college.

"I'm satisfied," Moss said. "I know my next contract will be bigger. I really don't worry too much about the money right now as long as my family is taken care of."

With Moss' signing, the Vikings had all their players under contract by the first day of training camp.

"We're real excited about that, and we're excited about Randy," team vice president Jeff Diamond said. "This is a good deal for both sides."

The 6-foot-5 Moss caught 53 touchdown passes in two seasons at Marshall and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting last season. He is expected to fill the Vikings' third receiver position, joining Cris Carter and Jake Reed.

"There's plenty of footballs to go around," coach Dennis Green said. "We want to run the football, but if we get enough first downs, we can get the ball to the receivers."


Although they worked out in shoulder pads and shorts, the Chicago Bears had a rough day of practice.

Running back Darnell Autry sprained his left ankle and was taken off the field in a golf cart.

Receiver Curtis Conway, who missed all but seven games last year with a broken collarbone, jammed two fingers on his left hand and spent the rest of the practice on the sidelines with a big bag of ice on his hand.

And cornerback Walt Harris, who injured his left knee Saturday, hurt it again before Sunday's workout.


Orlando Pace, who missed the Cardinals' entire training camp his rookie season, tried to get there too quickly this year.

The offensive tackle was driving the last mile of an 180-mile trip to team headquarters at Western Illinois University when he was stopped for speeding.

"I couldn't talk my way out of it," Pace said. "He said, `I know you've got the money to pay for the ticket.' He knew who I was."

Pace, who signed a six-year, $18 million contract following a holdout last year, started nine games after a slow start. He reported to camp this year at about 320 pounds after losing 20 pounds of what coach Dick Vermeil called "baby fat."

"The most significantly different player from last year ... is Orlando," Vermeil said. "He's a different guy, and we expect him to demonstrate why he was the No. 1 pick in the country."


Drew Bledsoe completed 11 of 16 passes for 201 yards and one touchdown against his team's second-string defense in an intrasquad scrimmage.