All's Well At Saints Camp: Brooks And Stallworth Both Show Up

The New Orleans Saints got a double bonus Monday: First-round draft pick Donte Stallworth signed a contract, and quarterback Aaron Brooks showed up. Stallworth arrived happy with his new contract. Brooks was still miffed to be working under his old one. ``I'm kind of disappointed with management not taking care of the situation at hand,'' Brooks said after practice Monday. ``I felt like the starting quarterback should have been their first priority. It didn't happen, contract-wise. ``I'm more than confident it will get done. If it doesn't get done, that's on them.'' Stallworth, a wide receiver from Tennessee chosen with the 13th overall pick, like Brooks had missed the first three days of training camp. ``I'm real happy with the deal,'' Stallworth said. Stallworth, who got a $290,000 signing bonus, will earn $8,982,300 over the six-year deal. Stallworth flew to New Orleans from Memphis, Tenn., where he had been working out with Patrick Ramsey, who is holding out from the Washington Redskins camp. He arrived at camp at 2 a.m. and was at practice at 9 a.m. Stallworth had no problem catching up in practice. ``Donte' is the real deal,'' coach Jim Haslett said. ``He's extremely fast. He made a couple of nice catches. He didn't get much sleep. He was in the office at two in the morning. He had a couple of hours of sleep and came out and practiced. We're going to give him a couple of hours of sleep and then get him in the classroom.'' Brooks is entering the final year of his contract. The final season of Brooks' contract was originally worth $350,000. When the collective bargaining agreement extension between the league and players' union kicked in after last season, his salary jumped to the new minimum of $450,000, which makes him the third lowest-paid starting quarterback in the NFL. He will also make less than 34 players on the Saints roster including No. 2 quarterback Jake Delhomme ($563,000) and No. 3 Jeff Lewis ($550,000). Brooks said after sitting around for three days, he decided he owed it to the fans and his teammates to come to camp.

Drafted by the Green Bay Packers and later acquired by the Saints, Brooks is coming off his first full season as a starter. He completed 55.9 percent of his passes for 3,832 yards and a team-record 26 touchdowns. He also set team records for rushing yards by a quarterback (358) and total yards (4,190), but also threw 22 interceptions. In the team's final four games _ all losses _ Brooks threw 13 interceptions and only seven touchdowns while the Saints were outscored 160-52. ``I'm making money I've never seen before,'' Brooks said. ``But at the same time, treat me with respect. I feel that I'm one of the top five, no worse than one of the top 10 quarterbacks in this league and I deserve to be treated like that.'' Both Haslett and general manager Mickey Loomis said working out a new contract for Brooks was a top priority. Loomis, who took over in May when Randy Mueller was fired, has been busy signing draft picks and trying to work out a new deal for Haslett, who is also in the final year of his contract. Brooks could have been fined $5,000 a day while out of camp. Loomis said they had not decided whether they would impose the fine yet, but indicated they probably wouldn't.