Winslow's contract holdout continues



His asking price may have gone up in recent days, and no end appears in sight.
BEREA (AP) -- Kellen Winslow Jr.'s contract holdout continued with no end in sight.
Negotiations between agent Kevin Poston and the Cleveland Browns remained unresolved, keeping the first-round draft pick unsigned and out of training camp.
Winslow missed his eighth practice on Tuesday, and could miss many more before the sides reach an agreement.
Last week, Poston rejected a six-year, $40 million "best offer" from the Browns, who traded up one spot in April's draft to select the former University of Miami star tight end.
Team president John Collins has continued having talks with Poston, whose asking price may have gone up in recent days for Winslow, the No. 6 overall pick.
The Fitzgerald factor
On Monday, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, the No. 3 pick, signed a six-year, $60 million contract with Arizona that included a signing bonus worth $20 million.
Fitzgerald's signing could affect the Browns' talks with Poston, who is determined to get his client a deal in line with what the other top picks are getting.
Quarterback Eli Manning, who was drafted first by San Diego and then traded to New York, received a six-year, $54 million package that included a $20 million signing bonus from the Giants.
Winslow's holdout will get more interesting later this week if he misses the Browns' scrimmage on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills in Rochester, N.Y.
It's one thing for him to be missing practices and another not to be involved in scrimmages or preseason games, where he needs to develop chemistry with quarterback Jeff Garcia.
Warfield's view
Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield, hired Monday as a scout and special consultant to the Browns, said Winslow should get in camp soon.
"I would encourage Kellen to work this whole thing out," said Warfield, who expects to see Kellen Winslow Sr. this weekend in Canton during Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. "He's a great talent and hopefully he'll be here shortly."
The Browns' top draft pick has held out in each of the past three years, but none of them -- Gerard Warren, William Green or Jeff Faine -- has been absent for more than nine days.
Winslow is working out in Houston, where Poston's office is based, while the sides continue to talk.

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