Buddy Ryan, defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, yesterday called tackle William Perry a "wasted draft pick" because Perry is so out of shape and missed part of Tuesday's practice.
"He's a wasted draft pick, just going on what I saw yesterday," said Ryan, who added, "I don't know if he's a wasted draft pick or not, but he's not in any shape and can't do anything."
Perry, a defensive tackle from Clemson, is known as "The Refrigerator" because of his 300-plus pounds. He reported to camp two weeks late after holding out for a $1.356 million contract.
"I don't know how he's going to get into shape," said Ryan, architect of the NFL's top defense last season. "He's got to diet, practice every day and push himself. It's got to come from within him."
The criticism came after Perry missed Tuesday afternoon practice because he suffered dehydration cramps from losing 13 pounds in the morning practice.
Perry could not be reached for comment.
Perry, listed in the Bears' media guide as 6 feet 2 and 318 pounds, played at up to 360 pounds at Clemson.
When he reported on Monday, team officials said he weighed about 330 pounds. Perry's contract includes incentive clauses for staying in shape.
"I'd like to see us pay the guys that produce, like Singletary, Harris and Bell," said Ryan, referring to defensive starters Mike Singletary, Al Harris and Todd Bell, who are holding out for more money.
"He's inclined to be a fat guy and that's not going to change. He's always going to be a fat guy."
Cowboys: Tony Dorsett, who says he may retire or ask to be traded if his contract demands aren't met, accused team President Tex Schramm of "spreading my financial business all over town."
Dorsett, who has had financial problems and hasn't come to training camp, told the Dallas Times Herald that Schramm promised two years ago his contract would be renegotiated.
Instead, he said, "once Schramm found out what my problems were contractually, he leaked my information to the media and made my business public information."
Schramm refused to comment on Dorsett's allegations except to say: "I'm disappointed that he is saying these things, but he hasn't said it to my face yet so I will reserve judgment. I'm just disappointed with the way he is acting."
Meanwhile, Schramm was quoted by the Dallas Morning News as saying the club is willing to change Dorsett's contract in structure to resemble that of Randy White's $6.4 million annuities-type deal.
Dorsett has three years left on his seven-year, $2.7 million contract with the Cowboys and has asked agent Howard Slusher to negotiate a deal similar to White's. Dorsett, whose problems include an IRS claim of $400,000 in back income taxes and a $250,000 divorce settlement, hinted that he might ask the Cowboys to trade him "so I can bargain in good faith with another team."
Saints: A press conference was called last night to announce agreement on a contract with free-agent quarterback Bobby Hebert.
Terms were not disclosed, but this gives the Saints three high-priced quarterbacks in camp, including veteran Richard Todd and Dave Wilson, a No. 1 draft choice in 1981 who understudied both Todd and the retired Kenny Stabler.
Hebert played at Northwestern State University at Natchitoches, La., and spent the past three years in the United States Football League, where he led two teams to championship games.
Chargers: Linebacker Mike Green was accepted into a court-approved drug diversion program, meaning a cocaine possession charge could be erased from his record within a year.
Bengals: The team signed first-round draft choice Eddie Brown, the University of Miami receiver who had been their last unsigned player from this year's draft. The Bengals, who had offered Brown a four-year contract worth $1.6 million, did not disclose terms. Agent Jim Ferraro of Miami, who represented Brown, had demanded a $1.9 million, four-year contract and had said he would ask the Bengals for a trade if Brown could not be quickly signed.