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Coslet leans heavily on overweight players

Coach Bruce Coslet kicked two players out of the Bengals' minicamp Saturday because they showed up overweight.

Coslet told receiver David Dunn and linebacker James Francis to go home and get in shape. He met with them after weigh-ins.

"I'm not going to put up with this anymore," Coslet said angrily. "I'm tired of it. It's not fair to me and it sure isn't fair to their teammates."

Dunn, the team's No. 3 receiver, agreed to a one-year contract April 24. Francis, the starting left outside linebacker, is under contract through 1999.

Coslet's decision represents a tougher line against players who let themselves get out of shape over the winter.

"It may help to be less tolerant of this type of thing," president Mike Brown said. "We've tried to work with guys in all kinds of ways to improve their conditioning.

"Maybe it's time just to say we won't accept that any longer. When you're ready to go as you should be, we'll be pleased to have you try. Until then, don't bother us."

Francis' contract includes a clause that pays him for working out with a trainer in Houston in the off-season. Brown said Francis has failed to fulfill the clause and has lost the money.

Francis, a first-round draft pick in 1990, has had weight problems over the years, which is one of the reasons the Bengals wanted the workout clause in the contract extension he signed in November 1995. The extension included a $1.5-million signing bonus and annual salaries of $1.25-million through 1999.

"We've worked hard to make James improve himself in this area," Brown said. "Maybe this will jolt him enough that he'll take it more seriously and work hard and get in shape and be ready to go when training camp starts. We'll see."

Wadsworth impressive

at Cardinals' minicamp

TEMPE _ Everyone expected Andre Wadsworth to be impressive in his first workout with the Cardinals, and he was.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive end from Florida State also came to a three-day minicamp ready to learn, and it didn't take long for him to learn respect for NFL offenses.

"The offensive line, instead of just having one quick guy, they move as a unit," Wadsworth said. "Very much like a machine. They're fluid and quick as a unit _ not just the line, but also the synchronization of the quarterbacks and the backs and the linemen, so it's just one big machine moving."

Wadsworth practiced with the first unit because Brad Ottis, who was penciled in to start at left end, broke a bone in his left foot last week.

No one questions that Wadsworth, the No. 3 choice overall on April 18, will open the season at left end, replacing five-year starter Michael Bankston. But the coaches say he has to earn it.

"He's an athlete," defensive line coach Joe Greene said. "That's all we can tell right now. He has the capabilities of doing well, but we just have to wait and see."

Wadsworth had 16 sacks last season. With him rushing from one side and Simeon Rice from the other, the pass rush should improve.

Wadsworth also is considered a better tackler than Rice, essential at his spot. NFL teams run to their right more than half the time.

"He's a hard worker," outside linebacker Jamir Miller said. "He just needs more practice, so it's kind of hard to tell what he'll be like. He's over there on my side, so I'm going to have to make sure he does the right thing."