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NEW YORK -- Dave Brown finally got the phone call he had been so anxious to get. Pack your bags, he was told yesterday by his agent, Leigh Steinberg. No more hanging around your Westfield, N.J., home. The deal's done.

One month and three days after the New York Giants made Brown their first-round selection in the supplemental draft, and 24 days after training camp opened, general manager George Young and Steinberg agreed to terms on a four-year, $4.6 million contract.

Steinberg confirmed at 6 p.m. from Newark Airport that a deal had been done. Young seconded the confirmation an hour later, saying, "It's done. He's signed."

Brown was unavailable for comment because after leaving Steinberg at the airport, he sped off to FDU-Madison for a team meeting.

As soon as he arrived he was certain to begin working overtime with offensive coordinator Jim Fassel. Brown was expected on the field today.

The $4.6 million is $200,000 more than Denver paid UCLA quarterback Tommy Maddox, the 25th pick of the first round and the second QB taken in the regular draft (David Klingler, chosen sixth by Cincinnati, is still unsigned). Brown is believed to have received $1.6 million to sign, $200,000 more than Maddox got from the Broncos and $50,000 more than the Giants paid Derek Brown, their first-round pick in the regular draft.

Although Brown, 22, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound quarterback from Duke, has missed 24 days in camp, he kept in touch with Fassel and studied the playbook he had received when the Giants drafted him July 9.

He thought a deal was close last Thursday, when Steinberg flew in from California to meet with Young, and again yesterday, when Steinberg caught a red-eye flight from California and arrived in town at 6:15 a.m.

Still, until the sides met and closed the deal, Brown squirmed.

"It's awful," he said several hours before Steinberg called to tell him the deal was done. "All I do is just sit here by the phone."

Now all he'll do is watch Jeff Hostetler and Phil Simms play quarterback in the NFL. Brown becomes the fifth quarterback in camp. Although the Giants can petition the NFL for a roster exemption until Aug. 23, he'll eventually battle Jeff Carlson and Kent Graham for the No. 3 QB spot on the roster.

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