No progress reported on getting Jones into camp

Updated: July 31, 2003, 10:42 PM ET

CHENEY, Wash. -- It's nearly one week into Seattle Seahawks training camp, and there's no sign of standout tackle Walter Jones.

Don't expect anything to change anytime soon.

The NFL's equivalent of a staring contest is under way, with Seahawks officials saying they've heard nothing from Jones' side and agent Roosevelt Barnes saying he's still waiting for the right offer.

"That's the norm," Barnes said Thursday.

Last year, Jones didn't report until the third week of the season. He started the remaining 14 games and earned his third Pro Bowl appearance, though he couldn't play in the game because of shoulder surgery.

Jones played in 2002 on a one-year, $4.92 million contract, hoping the Seahawks later would offer a long-term deal.

Because the Seahawks placed the franchise tag on Jones in February, the front office wouldn't be able to use it again on another player during the length of any long-term contract Jones might sign.

If Jones agreed a one-year contract for 2003, he would earn $5.73 million, an average of the NFL's five highest-paid offensive linemen. That also would allow the Seahawks to discuss a long-term deal while keeping the franchise tag open.

"We're just hopeful that at some point we can come to an agreement," coach Mike Holmgren said this week. "We're trying real hard."

Barnes wouldn't disclose exactly what he's seeking from the Seahawks. Some reports have placed potential offers in the range of $6 million a year with a signing bonus as high as $14 million.

"We're looking for something that reflects the type of player Walter Jones is," Barnes said. "He's the best left tackle in football."


^SIDELINED:@ The Seahawks lost their first player in training camp when receiver Emmett Johnson left for unspecified reasons.

Linebacker Randall Godfrey missed practice for the second straight day Thursday because of a sore right knee, but an MRI test showed no structural damage and he could return to workouts Friday.

"His knee is bothering him a little bit," Holmgren said.

Safety Reggie Tongue sat out to rest sore muscles, but cornerback Shawn Springs (hamstring), linebacker Anthony Simmons (ankle) and defensive tackle Norman Hand (groin) returned after a one-day break.


^TWO-MINUTE DRILL:@ The Seahawks went through a spirited two-minute drill for the first time in training camp, with Holmgren enthusiastically challenging both sides.

One moment, he yelled at the offense to put the ball into the end zone. In the next breath, he urged defenders to stop them.

Springs and another veteran cornerback, Willie Williams, made big plays by intercepting passes. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, meanwhile, led a long drive to take the offense inside the 5-yard line.

"We did pretty well," Holmgren said. "There were positives on both sides. It will be a good teaching film."

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