Training Camp - Tuesday 8/5

"It's about time," Head Coach Jim Fassel said. "It's good to have him here. He's going to have to put in extra work. The players are off tonight, but he's not."

The long-awaited holdout of first-round pick William Joseph finally ended late Monday evening, when Joseph and his agent agreed to New York's proposed contract.

"It's about time," Head Coach Jim Fassel said. "It's good to have him here. He's going to have to put in extra work. The players are off tonight, but he's not."

Making the holdout - the longest in Giants history - especially confusing was the fact that the players drafted immediately above and below Joseph, who was selected 25th, have been signed for more than a week.

The seven-year deal is worth a total of $6.95 million, including a signing bonus of $3.725 million. Since the last two years of the deal are void-able, the pact is in essence a five-year deal.

"It's good to be in," said Joseph, who weighed in at 312 pounds. "I was getting anxious. I'm happy with the contract."

Joseph, who said he's in "good shape," worked out at the University of Miami during his holdout. After his first practice as a Giant Tuesday morning, he admitted he has a long way to go. Fassel already ruled him out of Thursday's preseason opener in New England.

"I'm way behind right now," Joseph said. Michael Strahan told Joseph not to worry about any rookie/holdout hazing or pranks.

"I told him not to worry about anything other than getting better," Strahan said. "We need him to help us."


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