Deuce Finally In Camp

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) _ New Orleans Saints top draft pick Deuce McAllister ended his week-long holdout Saturday after he and the team agreed on a six-year contract. ``It's obviously hard sitting out knowing that you want to be here,'' McAllister said. ``But sometimes business is business and you have to stick to it.'' McAllister was in Thibodaux and participated in a scrimmage Saturday night. ``I think it was just two sides that wanted to get me in here,'' McAllister said. ``We bent a little bit and the Saints bent a little bit.'' McAllister's agent, Ben Dogra, had said he and the team agreed in principle on a $6.2 million contract. The holdout centered on levels of performance-based pay and the amount of McAllister's signing bonus. Dogra wanted a $3.95 million bonus, while the Saints had offered $3.8 million. ``It's still the same deal that was out there all along, the same money,'' said Saints general manager Randy Mueller. ``We moved a little bit of money around in the escalator. It's minimal but the totals are the same.'' The contract is for six years, voidable to five with 35 percent playing time this year, 45 percent the rest of the contract. The 6-foot-1, 221-pound Ole Miss standout was the 23rd overall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft. McAllister, who said he worked out throughout the holdout, saw limited action on both special teams and in the offensive back field during Saturday night's scrimmage ``He needs to get ready, he has a to catch up,'' coach Jim Haslett said. ``He's a week behind, which is a lot with this offense. He needs to spend some extra time with the running back coach.'' The Saints have a break from Saturday night until Sunday night. McAllister will have two practices on Monday. ``He needs to work, work, work,'' said running back coach Dave Atkins. ``He saw all of this during the coaching sessions, but he's behind now.'' McAllister, who is expected to share time in the offense with Ricky Williams and return kickoffs, said he was not worried about catching up. ``I'm a relatively smart young man,'' he said. ``I think I'll be able to do it.'' McAllister was the only player in Ole Miss history to record three seasons with at least 1,000 all-purpose yards and holds school career records with 616 carries for 3,060 yards and 37 touchdowns rushing.