Carmen Policy seems confident that holdout William Green will be on the practice field no later than Sunday.
Policy expected talks to intensify between Browns point man Lal Heneghan and Green's agent, Tom Condon. With the pick behind the Browns, Oakland's Phillip Buchanon, signed and the pick ahead of them, Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth, close to a deal, the two sides should have common ground at which to aim.
"We have the one behind us and the one ahead of us done. Even if it's not enough, we're trying to find out what it is so they can start working off of that," Policy said. "We're hoping for sure that he's in by Sunday."
Policy said that Buchanon's five-year, $7 million deal threw off Condon's negotiating plan somewhat.
"Buchanon came in in a way that took a little leverage away from Condon," Policy said. "He's trying to get some leverage back from Tennessee. If I thought Tennessee was going to be a long deal (in getting done), I'd be pretty upset, but I think they'll get it done. I feel confident that he (Green) will be here for Sunday's practice."
"I'm a man of my word," said Miller. "I signed a contract. This is where I want to be. I love the city and I love the fans. I think I would have done an injustice to them by not showing up. When I was signing autographs after practice, a lot of the fans were saying, 'I'm glad you showed up.' That was a good thing to hear."
Johnson said, "I obviously like being here, having been here from the beginning and seeing this team develop and turn the corner last year," Johnson said. "Obviously, my relationship with (Tim) Couch and how he feels about me (is important). You see something great there. You don't want to break something like that up. This is my place, and this is where I want to be."
SHAPING UP: No player looks in better shape compared to last year than offensive guard Tre Johnson. Johnson said he reported to camp weighing 10 pounds less than he did in 2001.
"This is the best I've felt since 2000," said Johnson, who was coming off a Pro Bowl season that year for the Redskins. Johnson missed most of last season with a quadricep injury.
OFF AGAIN: Middle linebacker Earl Holmes was a bystander for the second straight day. Holmes had minor knee surgery in June, but he apparently is suffering no pain.
"He'll be back in there and ready when we have our scrimmage on Monday," coach Butch Davis said.
NOT BAD: Second-year receiver Quincy Morgan had a good day on the practice field, beating cornerback Anthony Henry on a deep sideline route. Morgan struggled through his rookie season, dropping several passes.
"Stepping up from Kansas State to the NFL is an enormous step," Davis said. "He's more confident. He's making more plays. He's catching the ball with more consistency. He's off to a good start."
MOVING IN: Shaun O'Hara is working at left guard with the first-team offensive line. O'Hara started four games in 2000 at center and four games last season at left guard.
ROOKIE WATCH: Linebacker Kevin Bentley continues to impress. Bentley, a fourth-round draft pick, darted into the backfield on a running play and put a hard hit on Carl Fair. Bentley's speed has made coaches take notice.