Lawrence Taylor still wants a three-year contract worth $2 million a year. If the New York Giants won't agree to that, the nine-time all-pro linebacker is willing to end his three-week holdout on one condition -- the Giants must agree to leave him unprotected when the Plan B free-agency period begins in February.

Under Plan B each NFL team can protect 37 players on its roster, leaving the unprotected players free to negotiate with the other 27 clubs. It's a proposition that would earn Taylor huge money on the open market.

"I would be willing to sign a one-year deal, if {the Giants} guarantee me unrestricted free agency after this season," Taylor told Newsday. "If we can't work out {a three-year deal}, guarantee me unrestricted free agency and I'll be in camp tomorrow."

But he will be gone when the season ends. If left unprotected, Taylor said he would jump to another team without giving the Giants a chance to re-sign him. "I'm gone. I'm out of here," he said. "If they {mess with} me now, they'll {mess with} me later. And I wouldn't give them a chance to do that."

When told of Taylor's Plan B option, General Manager George Young replied: "What, and be up for the Mayor's Dumb Trophy? I'd rather not qualify."

Taylor is due to earn $1.21 million this season, the option year of a seven-year deal signed in 1984.

Young indicated that negotiations with Taylor's agent Joe Courrege would resume this week, though he said there was no timetable for reaching agreement. "You know, you can love your son or your daughter, but you can't give them everything they want," Young said. "And that's much like the situation we're in with Lawrence."

Cardinals: Running back Anthony Thompson, the team's top draft pick this year, is threatening to sit out the season if his contract demands are not met.

Dan Grossman, a family adviser for Thompson who is heavily involved in the negotiations, said the rookie is not budging from his demands for first-round money although he was taken by Phoenix in the second round at No. 31 overall.

Thompson, the 1989 Heisman Trophy runner-up from Indiana, originally wanted a three-year, $2.5 million contract but has since lowered his price to $1.3 million.

Phoenix is offering about $200,000 less, noting that the 30th pick -- Tennessee running back Reggie Cobb -- signed a three-year, $1.2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Eagles: Coach Buddy Ryan promoted rookie wide receivers Mike Bellamy and Calvin Williams to the starting lineup yesterday in the wake of the team's 17-6 loss to the Jets.

In its preseason opener Philadelphia generated only nine first downs and 172 yards against a team that was 4-12 in 1989.

Williams, a fifth-round pick from Purdue, was one of the Eagles' few bright spots with two receptions for 50 yards. Williams's 35-yard reception from Matt Cavanaugh was the Eagles' longest play.

"He runs the most {concise} routes, gets the right depth, does what he's supposed to do," Ryan said of Williams. "He's a pro."

Bellamy, a second-round pick from Illinois, has been bothered by a sore hamstring and played sparingly Saturday night.