Cornerback Ty Law has been in a bitter contract dispute this offseason with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick but attended New England's mandatory minicamp that opened yesterday and, after meeting with Belichick, said he wants to remain with the team.

"The past is the past,'' Law told reporters, according to the Associated Press. "Things happen. This is a business. I'm a Patriot and I'm glad to be.''

Belichick released Lawyer Milloy just before last season when the safety refused to rework his contract, and Law expressed uncertainty about whether he would be with the club when the season opens. Law has two seasons remaining on his contract, but the Patriots want him to accept a new deal to lessen his impact against the salary cap. . . .

Wide receiver Antonio Bryant's representatives are working to smooth over their client's differences with the Dallas Cowboys after Bryant had a practice-field confrontation Tuesday with Coach Bill Parcells. Bryant was ejected from practice by Parcells and reportedly threw down his jersey. Parcells reportedly picked up the jersey and threw it at Bryant, who threw it into the coach's face as Parcells approached him. Releasing Bryant, a productive complement to starting wide receivers Terry Glenn and Keyshawn Johnson, would save the Cowboys only $240,000 in salary-cap space. . . .

Denver linebacker John Mobley has been told by doctors to sit out the season as he continues to recover from a bruised spinal cord, an injury that occurred in a game at Baltimore in October. Broncos officials are uncertain whether Mobley, 30, will be able to resume his career. . . . Defensive end Marco Coleman signed with Denver as a free agent this offseason but has told the team he will retire. Coleman, 34, played 12 seasons for Miami, San Diego, Washington, Jacksonville and Philadelphia. He reached the Pro Bowl as a member of the Redskins in 2000, when he had 12 of his 62 career sacks.

-- Mark Maske