JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -Jacksonville's three-day passing camp is voluntary. Even if it was mandatory, defensive end Bobby McCray and guard Chris Naeole probably wouldn't attend.
Both players are trying to work out contract disputes with the Jaguars.
McCray, a seventh-round draft pick from Florida in 2004, is a restricted free agent who has refused to sign a one-year tender offer worth $1.85 million.
Naeole, heading into his 11th season and sixth with the Jags, is apparently unhappy with his current deal that pays $1.8 million in 2007.
McCray and Naeole were the most notable no-shows during Jacksonville's first camp, a precursor to the team's three-day minicamp that begins Saturday.
``I think it's most important that we focus on the guys that are here and make sure we're spending the energy, spending the time with the things that we have control over,'' coach Jack Del Rio said.
Running back Fred Taylor and safety Donovin Darius also skipped the passing camp. Taylor was working out in South Florida for the second consecutive offseason, and Darius was a guest speaker at the NFL's annual rookie symposium in West Palm Beach on Wednesday. Both players were expected to attend minicamp.
Unlike McCray and Naeole.
McCray and agent Drew Rosenhaus want a long-term deal after the 6-foot-6 pass rusher led the team with 10 sacks last season. Until they get one, Rosenhaus has advised McCray to skip offseason conditioning drills and minicamp. He can't be fined because he's not under contract.
``Bobby and I wish he was there,'' Rosenhaus said. ``We've made our desire clear to the Jaguars, and we're hopeful and determined to work out a long-term deal.''
The Jags put a first-round tender on McCray in March, essentially guaranteeing him the one-year, $1.85 million deal - more than he made in his first three seasons combined. Other teams could have offered McCray a new contract before the draft, but they would have had to give up a first-round draft pick to get him. No one did.
``We'll take it one step at a time,'' Rosenhaus said. ``Hopefully, we'll get the situation resolved.''
Naeole's situation is even less clear.
The 330-pound right guard has started 79 of 80 games for the Jaguars in five seasons. His decision to skip team drills seems to coincide with the addition of right tackle Tony Pashos, a free agent who signed a five-year, $24 million contract in March.
Naeole has three years remaining on his current contract. Although he has played well for the Jags, his bargaining power could be diminished by Dennis Norman, a veteran who can play every position along the offensive line.
Norman filled in for Naeole the first two days of passing camp.
``Dennis can play just about anywhere,'' Del Rio said. ``We plugged him in and we'll keep rolling.''

Recent NFL Discussions

TURKEY DAY PLAYS on Thu, Nov 2017 by BamaHater
Thanksgiving plays on Thu, Nov 2017 by JBoppa
Happy Thanksgiving on Thu, Nov 2017 by BamaHater

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Giants vs. Redskins Prediction Are the Washington Redskins laying too many points to division rivals the New York Giants on Thanksgiving night? Kickoff for this NFC East...
Thumbnail Chargers vs. Cowboys Prediction Will the Dallas Cowboys end their two-game losing skid when they host the Los Angeles Chargers at Thanksgiving Day? Kickoff for the second game of the Turkey Day...
Thumbnail Vikings vs. Lions Pick Can the Minnesota Vikings take complete control of the NFC North and get past the Detroit Lions when the two...
Thumbnail Giants vs. Redskins Total Pick Will the over cash for bettors when the Washington Redskins and New York Giants on Thursday night when the NFC East rivals clash at 8:30 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Chargers vs. Cowboys Total Pick Will the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys combine for enough points to push the score over the betting total when the two teams meet at 4:30 p.m. ET on...

NFL Team Pages