CARLISLE, PA., JULY 22 -- Washington Redskins wide receiver Ricky Sanders had promised team officials his legal problems wouldn't be a training camp disruption, and he began trying to fulfill that promise tonight by reporting to Dickinson College on time along with 62 other free agents, rookies and assorted veterans.

Meanwhile, in what has become the traditional mad rush of eleventh-hour signings, General Manager Charley Casserly finished negotiations with all nine unsigned draft choices, including top pick linebacker Andre Collins, who late last night agreed to a three-year contract believed to be worth around $1 million.

Collins, the last detail in Casserly's long day, was driving up from Baltimore, where agent Tony Agnone had finished negotiations.

"I'm anxious to get going," he said. "I didn't want to miss any practice time. This is real exciting."

Collins was the 46th player taken in this year's draft, and while he's not a big linebacker (6 feet 1, 230 pounds), he comes to the NFL from Penn State, a big-time college program that has been an assembly line for linebackers.

Even while negotiations dragged, Collins worked out and studied films with his new teammates this summer, and his coaches believe he'll step in and contribute immediately, at least on some passing downs.

"I feel ready," Collins said. "I've got a lot to learn, but I feel like I can do it. I want to get there and get going."

So does Sanders, who arrived at 9:30 tonight, a day after turning himself into Houston law-enforcement authorities and posting $5,000 bond in connection with an incident in the parking lot of a topless bar on May 1.

He declined to speak to reporters, saying that he would talk publicly about the matter once and only once -- after Monday's first practice.

However, he was scheduled to meet with Coach Joe Gibbs, who made no attempt to hide his unhappiness with yet another off-the-field disruption.

"I think a situation like this is disappointing," Gibbs said. "You'd hope our guys wouldn't get put in a situation that something like this could happen. It's disappointing to all of us.

"There seems to be two sides to the story and I hope it comes out that Ricky's side is what really happened. We've had things happen in camp before, but not something potentially of this magnitude."

Sanders was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault on Friday after a complaint was sworn out by Sam Jamus, a 28-year-old parking-lot supervisor. Jamus said he was injured when Sanders struck him with his auto. Sanders has told his attorneys he didn't intentionally strike Jamus, and that if there was any contact, Jamus initiated it and exaggerated his injuries.

Jamus's attorneys have admitted seeking a financial settlement for the past 2 1/2 months and swearing out a complaint only after Sanders refused to pay them.

Sanders's attorneys will meet with representatives of the Harris County district attorney on Monday to present their side of the case and they are hopeful no indictment will be returned. However, San Antonio attorney Tom Hall says he'll file a civil suit against Sanders on Monday.

Hall also said that in later petitions to the court he'll name the Redskins as a defendant because they didn't teach Sanders the difference between "organized violence and civil disobedience."

"I haven't heard that one," Casserly said. "I must admit that's an original one."

While Casserly didn't welcome another problem, he also expressed confidence in Sanders, saying: "There are two sides to this story. I do think while he's on the field, he'll put it in perspective and give 100 percent. He's not going to miss any Redskin time."

Barring an unexpected development, Sanders will return to Houston for a hearing before Judge Donald Shipley on Friday. That's a day off for veterans, and he's expected to be in camp in time for Sunday's final reporting day for veterans.

A more immediate problem for the Redskins concerns the 80-man roster limits. When Collins signs Monday morning, the Redskins will have 81 players under contract.

That means some unsuspecting rookie will be cut before he even pulls on the pads. The Redskins faced the same situation last season when several late signings forced them to cut three rookies before the first workout.

Only one player is likely to go early this year, but others soon will follow. Veteran center Jeff Bostic, linebacker Greg Manusky and tight end Don Warren have agreed to terms, but won't sign contracts until they report on Sunday. Six more veterans are unsigned and only running back Gerald Riggs and defensive tackle Darryl Grant are expected to be problems for the team.

"It's a tough way to do business and I don't like it," Gibbs said. "It's not fair, but we didn't set the rules. Coaches aren't even in the room when those rules are made."

Casserly said the Redskins were one of only six teams that voted against the roster limits last year.

"It just means you have fewer people to work with," he said. "Does that make sense?"

It's why Gibbs has started training camp a few days later than some other teams, "and when we go out there, we're going to go fast and hard," he said. "We're going to scrimmage four times the first two weeks {until last year, teams would scrimmage once a week}. We're going to throw a lot at them and see where we go. We come in with an open mind. Some guys will surprise us and some guys will disappoint us. You have that every year."

The first of those scrimmages will be a double session on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Latrobe, Pa. As Casserly said: "This will be our first chance to see these guys in that environment. You can learn more about them in one afternoon like that than in watching them in shorts for six weeks."