It appeared he'd be the only unsigned player when the team
gathered for its first meeting at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, at which
point his holdout would officially begin.
The Saints and second-round draft choice Roman Harper agreed to
a four-year contract Thursday night, while Jahri Evans, an
offensive lineman taken in the fourth round, and Mike Hass, a
sure-handed receiver picked in the sixth round, both agreed to
Neither Saints general manager
Mickey Loomis nor Bush's agent, Joel Segal, would comment
specifically on negotiations concerning the Heisman Trophy winner.
Loomis has said recently that negotiations with Bush are running a
"These negotiations take time, an attention to detail and a lot
of work," Loomis said.
Top overall pick Mario Williams signed a six-year, $54 million
contract with Houston, with $26.5 million guaranteed. And on
Thursday, third pick Vince Young agreed to a five-year deal, with
an option for a sixth, with $25.7 million guaranteed and an overall
value that could reach $58 million with option and roster bonuses
Bush was chosen between Williams and Young.
Because Bush likely would have been the No. 1 choice for a
number of teams other than Houston, he could be looking for a
contract at least as valuable as Williams' deal.