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Bill Belichick is in Cleveland, which makes Michael Dean Perry want to be elsewhere.

Perry wasn't at training camp on Thursday, boycotting practice in a feud with Belichick, who fined the three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman $4,000.Perry, who has chafed under Belichick's defensive schemes, wasn't taking calls from reporters. His agent, Jim Steiner, said Perry and Belichick would meet at some point to discuss their differences.

The 28-year-old Perry, who has one year remaining on his contract, has said he would like to leave the Browns.

"He'll be fined, according to the schedule for players leaving camp under contract," the coach said.

Colts

Quarterback Jeff George remains a no-show, with accumulated fines totaling $32,000, and there's still no full explanation why he's boycotting training camp. The Colts signed Don Majkowski on Tuesday and began giving him a crash course on the team's offense in case George's unexplained absence continues.

49ers

Ricky Watters may skip training camp unless the 49ers improve a contract offer. Watters, who went to the Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,013 yards last season, also is considering whether to accept the 49ers' minimum contract tender, which would allow him to become a restricted free agent in 1994. Watters is seeking a two-year deal worth $2.4 million.

Eagles

Owner Norman Braman said his revamped team is better than it was last year.

"If you look at this club position by position - which very few people have taken the time to do - we're much stronger than we were last year," Braman said.

The Eagles lost 11 players through free agency, including stars Reggie White and Keith Byars.

Chargers

Linebacker Gary Plummer, tight end Duane Young and safety Floyd Field agreed to one-year contracts. That leaves defensive end Leslie O'Neal, running back Ronnie Harmon, cornerback Gill Byrd and backup offensive lineman Mike Zandofsky as the only Chargers veterans without contracts.

Cowboys

Emmitt Smith, who has led the league in rushing the last two years, remains in Pensacola, Fla., and hasn't budged from his demands to get "Reggie White money," or about $4 million per season. The Cowboys have offered $2 million.

Redskins

Sterling Palmer, a fourth-round pick from Florida State, has shown enough consistent pass-rush pressure to almost certainly make the final roster.

"His potential is unlimited," coach Richie Petitbon said. "He's got all you look for in a defensive end."

Falcons

Quarterback Chris Miller arrived in camp Thursday night. Miller, the starter for the past five seasons, faces stiff competition from Bobby Hebert, the former starter for the New Orleans Saints.

Packers

Terrell Buckley wants to return punts, make interceptions, steal bases and speak his mind. Buckley said he plans to keep playing baseball in the offseason when he's not a cornerback with the Green Bay Packers. He batted only .196 this season with the Atlanta Braves Class A team at Macon, Ga.