NAPA — Rookie wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, and veteran defensive end Derrick Burgess failed to report to training camp on time Wednesday.
The common theme, of course, is that both players want more money from the Raiders.
Heyward-Bey will get his money in time, given he was the No. 7 pick in the NFL draft in April. Burgess is under contract through this season and unlikely to get a renegotiated contract. His base salary this season is $2 million.
If anything, Burgess is most likely to get a one-way ticket out of Oakland. The Raiders attempted to trade Burgess during the offseason and added two defensive ends capable of taking his place.
"He is not here by his choice," coach Tom Cable said of Burgess' failure to report before the mandatory time Wednesday. Cable declined to elaborate.
Burgess could not be reached for comment. Burgess' agent, Jimmy Sexton, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Burgess, who turns 31 on Aug. 12, signed a five-year free-agent contract with the Raiders in 2005. Pro Bowl seasons in 2005 and '06 prompted him to approach the Raiders about a restructured contract.
Burgess said after the 2006 season that personnel employee Mike Lombardi had told him something was in the works. Lombardi was fired in 2007, and Burgess never heard anything more about a new deal.
His past two seasons were marred by injuries and a precipitous drop in production. He appeared in only 10 games
Burgess missed all of Oakland's offseason voluntary workouts, as has been his custom since he joined the team, because he prefers to train by himself. He showed up for the three-day, mandatory minicamp in May but sat out with what Cable described as the "flu."
Raiders middle linebacker Kirk Morrison said Burgess is welcome back at any time.
"Everybody has their own situation," Morrison said. "I can't really comment on that. I feel like he is a great asset on our team, and I'd love for him to be here."
In the interim, the Raiders are going with veteran Greg Ellis at Burgess' left end spot. Ellis was signed earlier, fresh from a season in which he recorded eight sacks for the Dallas Cowboys.
As for Heyward-Bey, he is in the Bay Area and ready to hit the practice field as soon as he signs a contract, Cable said. The hamstring injury that sidelined him for part of the offseason workouts no longer is an issue.
Cable said he is confident Heyward-Bey's situation will be resolved soon. The first two practices are this morning and midafternoon.
"It is an issue," Cable said of Heyward-Bey's absence. "We've talked a lot about it. "... There's progress being made. It's good, it's positive. But it's very important, starting (today), that we get him here and he's able to get all this."
Notes: The Raiders waived second-year receiver Arman Shields (knee) after he failed his physical. He spent his rookie season on the injured-reserve list. The Raiders also waived first-year quarterback Danny Southwick. The moves enabled them to reach the mandatory 80-player limit. Burgess was placed on the reserve/did-not-report list and doesn't count. "... The status of receiver Javon Walker (knee), left guard Robert Gallery (appendectomy) and fullback Oren O'Neal (knee) will be re-evaluated before deciding whether to let them practice today or begin camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list, Cable said. "... Cable said he expects a resolution on the uncertain status of veteran quarterback Andrew Walter by Friday. A person familiar with the situation said the Raiders are trying to trade Walter before releasing him without compensation.