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Saturday, August 1, 2009
Catching up on Falcons and Saints

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas


I've already hit Tampa Bay's camp Friday and this morning and I'll be leaving for Carolina's camp in a few hours.

I know Saints and Falcons fans are feeling neglected. I'll be hitting those camps soon. I'll be at New Orleans' camp Wednesday and Thursday and will be heading to Atlanta on Aug. 11. I'll be filing live reports from each camp as well as gathering a bunch of stuff for our steady stream of season previews during August and early September.

In the meantime, let's tide you over with some of the headlines on the Falcons and Saints.

FALCONS

Receiver Roddy White appears to be a contract holdout as the Falcons opened camp. Not sure how all this will play out, but I know there's desire on both sides to get something done for the long term. In the meantime, White will be fined $17,000 for each day he misses. One significant not on this that's causing a little confusion. Yes, White's current contract expires after this season. But he can't become an unrestricted free agent. Under the league's current labor system, White can become a restricted free agent and the Falcons can match any offer or receive draft-pick compensation.

Coach Mike Smith said White's holdout is not a distraction. Let's see if it stays that way if this thing lingers late into the preseason.

Cornerback Glenn Sharpe was excused from practice for personal reasons.
 

SAINTS

At the moment, first-round pick Malcolm Jenkins remains unsigned. But the players ahead and behind him in the draft have come to terms. At least on the surface, this one shouldn't take too much longer to play out.

I've said this before and drawn a lot of disagreement from Saints fans: I think strong safety Roman Harper can be a solid player. New free safety Darren Sharper now is saying the same thing.

Even if Jenkins gets signed quickly, there's no guarantee he'll be a starting cornerback. Jabari Greer is ticketed for one spot and Tracy Porter isn't going to give up the other without a strong fight.