Panthers CB Marshall decides to skip minicamp in contract dispute

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Upset with his contract situation, Carolina Panthers starting cornerback Richard Marshall is skipping this weekend's minicamp.

Marshall hasn't signed his one-year, $1.759 million tender as a restricted free agent. He can't be fined for missing the mandatory minicamp since he's not under contract.

Marshall is one of many NFL players with four years experience who would have been unrestricted free agents if owners hadn't decided to opt out of a collective bargaining agreement and play without a salary cap next season. That put into effect new rules that require six years of service.

Panthers coach John Fox says he has been assured that Marshall is staying in shape.

Marshall's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment Friday.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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