JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in
last April's NFL draft, remains without a contract and was the most
notable no-show when the Raiders reported to training camp on
Coach Lane Kiffin refused to call Russell a holdout but
acknowledged the rookie quarterback was not even in California.
Instead, the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Russell remained 2,400 miles away
at his home in Mobile, Ala.
"We're moving along very quickly but at the same time we're
doing things in the best interest for our future as well,'' Kiffin
said. "We don't have anything mandatory till [Friday] morning, so
as far as guys being here, they're all showing up at different
Russell and second-round pick Zach Miller are they only draft
picks who remained unsigned and did not report to the Raiders'
training camp headquarters. Oakland did sign a pair of third-round
picks Thursday: defensive end Quentin Moses of Georgia and receiver
Johnnie Lee Higgins from Texas-El Paso.
"We're making a lot of progress right now with all of them and
extremely close on some,'' Kiffin said. "But we are expecting
everybody to be in camp. We'd like everybody to be here when we start practicing.''
Talks between the Raiders, Russell and his agent, Eric Metz,
have been ongoing for weeks but the sides have yet to strike an
agreement. Russell is said to be seeking a deal worth $60 million.
Last year's No. 1 overall pick, defensive end Mario Williams of the
Houston Texans, signed a six-year, $54 million deal that included
$26.5 million in guaranteed money.
Elsewhere in AFC camps:
"There was no pain out there today, pretty much zero," said
Losman, who was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list
after straining his lower back while working out earlier this week.
The second-year starter missed the team's first two practices on
Running back Marshawn Lynch also made his camp debut after the
rookie first-round draft signed a five-year, $19 million contract
"I had to get back into it, get the feel of the ball, put the
cleats back on and get my feet dirty," Lynch said. "It's just
getting back into some football after being out of it for quite
some time ... the feeling you get when you're ready to go."
"Anthony is very excited to put this behind him and have the ability to concentrate on what he loves, and that's football,'' Mike McCartney, Gonzalez's agent, said in the Indianapolis Star. "I have to say the Colts did a very good job of negotiating in good faith.''
Samuel is holding out after being offered $7.79 million as a
franchise player but not the long-term contract he wanted.
Meriweather, the Patriots' first-round pick out of Miami, is their
only unsigned draft choice.
Meanwhile, defensive lineman Richard Seymour
headed a group of seven players placed on the physically unable to
perform list by the Patriots, who also released running
back Justise Hairston.
Besides Seymour, who made the last five Pro Bowls, New England
placed on the PUP list wide receivers Troy Brown and Chad Jackson,
cornerback Eddie Jackson, safety Mel Mitchell, wide receiver Donte' Stallworth and tight end David Thomas.
They can be activated at any time.
Tennessee Titans: Running back Chris Henry agreed to terms
Friday on a four-year deal with the Titans, leaving only
top draft pick Michael Griffin without a deal hours before the
team's first practice of training camp.
Agent Josh Luchs said Friday that Henry had agreed to terms. He
declined to discuss the deal for the 50th pick overall.
Henry will compete with veteran Chris Brown and LenDale White,
last year's second-round pick, for the starting job. Travis Henry,
who ran for 1,211 yards last season, now is in Denver after being
released in March so the Titans could avoid an $8 million bonus.
The two-time Pro Bowler will continue his rehabilitation from a
career-threatening knee injury, general manager Phil Savage said
Friday before the Browns' first practice of training camp.
Team physician Anthony Miniaci examined Bentley on Friday,
exactly one year after Bentley tore the patellar tendon in his left
knee on the Browns' first 11-on-11 drill of training camp.
The Browns decided to delay his physical four weeks, Savage
said. "He's not quite ready to put on equipment and practice on
the football field with us," Savage said.
The only other player missing Friday was rookie quarterback
Brady Quinn, the lone holdout after offensive tackle Joe Thomas and
defensive back Eric Wright signed just before camp started.
The team had discussions with Quinn's agent, Tom Condon, on
Thursday and Friday, Savage said, adding that talks could go into
the night. Condon did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.