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No renegotiation, and no Rhett

The agent for Errict Rhett says the running back wants to keep a low profile. So far, he's had no profile.

Rhett missed his second day of training camp Monday and agent Drew Rosenhaus said there have been no attempts to resume contract renegotiations with general manager Rich McKay.

"I haven't talked to anybody over there," said Rosenhaus. "I may talk to Rich McKay in a few days, but I don't have any expectations. Right now, I'm playing this one day at a time."

The Bucs agreed to renegotiate the final year of Rhett's contract but only if a deal was struck before training camp. McKay says the offer to renegotiate has been withdrawn and he expects Rhett to honor his $336,000 contract for this season.

Speculation is that the Bucs have offered a six-year deal worth an average of $2.35-million per season, while Rhett is seeking $3-million per season with a $5-million signing bonus.

"I'm not going to talk figures at all," Rosenhaus said. "You can throw out any figure you want, the Bucs can say what they want, but that's just not something I want to discuss."

Rhett is subject to a $5,000 fine for each day he is not in camp.

HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE: He had waited a long time for his first training camp as a head coach and Tony Dungy looked as if he did not want to miss a thing during his first practice Monday morning.

The coach had as much energy as his players, constantly moving from field to field and group to group before about 150 fans at the University of Tampa's Pepin/Rood Stadium.

"I was trying to watch a little bit of everything and trying to stay out of people's way. I didn't want to interfere with the coaches too much," Dungy said. "I think I was the same as everybody, just trying to find a routine to fit in. It should be a little smoother from here on out."

The Bucs will practice again today from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and from 3:30-5 p.m. Practices are open to the public.

BACK TO THE BASICS: Alvin Harper would like to put last season behind him in a number of ways. And that includes his number.

Harper was wearing No. 80 during Tampa Bay's first practice on Monday, returning to the number he wore during his four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Harper wore No. 82 with the Bucs last season because receiver Lawrence Dawsey had No. 80. Dawsey was let go in an off-season salary cap move.

"I'm going back to the old school," said Harper, who struggled to live up to his large contract in 1995. "That 82 was a jinx."

INJURY UPDATE: Running back Fred Lester is nursing a pulled hamstring and wide receiver Charles Wilson left the afternoon practice with a right knee injury. Dungy said he did not know the severity of Wilson's injury.

OPEN SEASON ON PUNTERS: Free-agent punter Robbie Colley had a chance to show off in the preseason's first practice, but his performance came with a price: He was punting while the Bucs worked on blocking drills.

"They had all 11 guys rushing," Colley said. "I guess that's the way to welcome the rookie punter. They were shooting bullets, that's for sure."

He got off several booming punts early, but then started to feel the pressure. Colley was knocked down three times and had one punt blocked. By the end of the drill, he was fortunate to get the ball in the air without getting hit.

Colley, who is battling Tommy Barnhardt for the punting job, was signed as a free agent last month. The former Virginia Tech punter had a short stint in the 49ers camp last year and played for a semipro team in Virginia.

Bucs training camp

WHO: Eighty-two players compete for 53 spots on the regular-season roster.

WHERE: Pepin/Rood Stadium on the campus of the University of Tampa.

DAILY SCHEDULE: Workouts at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. are open to the public. The schedule is subject to change because of the weather.