JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Sedrick Ellis and Tracy Porter, the New Orleans Saints' top two draft picks, remained unsigned and absent while the rest of the team reported to training camp at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis showed little optimism while trying to estimate how many practices the two rookies would miss, calling their absence a result of "outrageous" demands on the part of sports agents representing highly drafted rookies across the NFL.
Loomis says the agents, not wanting to be embarrassed, are looking for huge increases. He says he doesn't know any business that hands out 20 or 30 percent increases every year. He says no business would stay in the black for long if that occurred.
Ellis, a 6-foot-1, 307-pound defensive tackle out of Southern California, is expected to compete for a starting role on the defensive line right away following strong showings in rookie and mini camps.
Porter, a cornerback who was the defensive captain at Indiana, will be part of a defensive backfield where coach Sean Payton said there will be plenty of competition for playing time.
Payton says the longer they miss training camp, however, the lower their chances of playing early in the season.
Also a no-show Wednesday was cornerback Jerametrius Butler, an eight-year veteran who was picked up as a free agent in the offseason but apparently decided to retire.