But the Dolphins wouldn't budge and the players finally gave in.
"It was worth more to me to not miss another practice than (take off) another year on the contract," said Whitley, who like Smith will compete for one of the backup jobs along the offensive line.
In other camp news:
-- Rookie free agent fullback Josh Rue became the first player to be cut since the start of training camp.
The Dolphins' roster stands at 91, including 11 players who have NFL Europe exemptions.
-- Defensive tackle Tim Bowens is being held out of practice on an occasional basis to rest his knees. Bowens did not practice Monday morning.
-- Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye continues to sit out practice because of a bruised knee he sustained over the weekend. The injury is not considered serious.
-- Wide receiver Derrius Thompson continues to be the star of the early days of training camp, making acrobatic catches almost every practice.
-- Tackle Mark Dixon has returned to practice after missing the start of camp because of flu-like symptoms.