Saints' Bush misses training camp reporting deadline
It appeared he'd be the only unsigned player when the team gathered for its first meeting at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, at which point his holdout would officially begin.
The Saints and second-round draft choice Roman Harper agreed to a four-year contract Thursday night, while Jahri Evans, an offensive lineman taken in the fourth round, and Mike Hass, a sure-handed receiver picked in the sixth round, both agreed to three-year deals.
Neither Saints general manager Mickey Loomis nor Bush's agent, Joel Segal, would comment specifically on negotiations concerning the Heisman Trophy winner. Loomis has said recently that negotiations with Bush are running a "normal" course.
"These negotiations take time, an attention to detail and a lot of work," Loomis said.
Top overall pick Mario Williams signed a six-year, $54 million contract with Houston, with $26.5 million guaranteed. And on Thursday, third pick Vince Young agreed to a five-year deal, with an option for a sixth, with $25.7 million guaranteed and an overall value that could reach $58 million with option and roster bonuses and salary.
Bush was chosen between Williams and Young.
Because Bush likely would have been the No. 1 choice for a number of teams other than Houston, he could be looking for a contract at least as valuable as Williams' deal.
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