Originally created 08/05/99

Anderson still not in camp

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jamal Anderson hardly sounds like he's close to reporting to the Atlanta Falcons.

Although he couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday, the All-Pro running back posted a new message on his web site to explain his side of stalled contract negotiations with the Falcons.

"Negotiations are not only NOT completed, I have no intention of showing up to training camp until they ARE complete," Anderson wrote on the site. "That could be a week. That could be two weeks. That could be a month."

Anderson, who still has a year left on his current contract at $2.6 million, wants a five-year deal with an $8 million signing bonus. The Falcons have refused to meet his price, saying they can't maintain a competitive roster if they devote so much money to one player.

"Obviously, I want this to be a done deal," Anderson said. "No doubt about it, I want to be in camp with my teammates and preparing for what should be a tremendous season in Atlanta.

"I've tried to work within the constraints of the team since I'm a team player. It's not just about me. I want to make sure we have other quality players and our supporting cast is strong. But at the same time, I have to try to get in the realm of what the market is for players of my stature."

Anderson, who set a team record by rushing for 1,846 yards last season, said he isn't swayed by big-money contracts handed out in recent days, such as rookie quarterback Donovan McNabb's seven-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles that could be worth as much as $53 million.

"I really only worry about what other running backs are making since that's my position," Anderson said. "Jamal Anderson did not create the market. I'm just simply benefiting from it."

Coach Dan Reeves said there was no progress in getting Anderson to camp. Already, the running back is facing $35,000 in fines -- $5,000 per day -- for missing the first week of camp.

"I haven't talked with him," Reeves said. "There have been no conversations in the last couple of days."


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