Errict Rhett's contract negotiations with the Buccaneers are now walking a fine line.
If Rhett and the Bucs do not reach a quick agreement on a renegotiated contract, the running back's agent says he will not show for today's opening of training camp. Since Rhett is under contract, he could be fined $5,000 daily.
"If Errict is not signed, I don't anticipate him being in camp," agent Drew Rosenhaus said. "I don't know what else to say. I've talked about this until I'm blue in the face. We're doing what we have to do."
Rosenhaus spoke with coach Tony Dungy on Saturday, but said he did not talk to general manager Rich McKay. Rosenhaus and McKay are expected to continue negotiations today before the 2 p.m. reporting time for camp.
Rhett is scheduled to earn $336,000 this season, the last of his three-year contract. The Bucs are believed to have offered a four-year deal worth $7.33-million. Earlier in the week, Rosenhaus said the Bucs indicated they would discontinue negotiations if a deal was not completed by today.
Rhett, the 34th overall pick in the second round of the 1994 draft, was a holdout his rookie season, missing 16 days of training camp.
The Bucs are expected to have an easier time signing their three remaining draft picks. The agent for first-round selection Regan Upshaw flew to Tampa on Saturday to talk to McKay. "I anticipate us getting a deal done," agent Steve Baker said.
Upshaw, fellow first-round selection Marcus Jones and second-round pick Mike Alstott attended the rookie minicamp last week, but NFL rules prohibit them from reporting to training camp until they are under contract.