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Clausen, Tate reach NFL deals

Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate will not miss a minute of their first NFL training camps.

The former Notre Dame standouts agreed to terms with their teams Wednesday, according to Associated Press reports.

Clausen signed a four-year contract that includes $2.53 million in guarantees with the Carolina Panthers. The former Irish quarterback was selected in the second round and was the last of Carolina’s 10 draft selections to be signed.

According to the AP, agent Gary Wichard and the Panthers worked through the night to reach a deal, which was struck after a fourth-year escalator – a rarity for a second-round pick – was included that tops out at $2.85 million. The total package could be worth as much as $6.3 million.

Clausen will likely start practice Thursday as the third-string quarterback behind Matt Moore and Hunter Cantwell, but could eventually challenge Moore for the starting job.

Tate, the former Irish receiver who was selected in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks, posted on his Twitter page that he had agreed to terms and conditions on his first NFL deal.

Seattle's training camp begins Saturday.

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