Ronnie Brown's first day in the Miami Dolphins' training camp in Davie, Fla., was mostly uneventful. The running back took a few handoffs, caught a few passes and spent a lot of time standing and watching practice.

Oh, he also signed a five-year, $34 million contract that included about $20 million guaranteed.

The second overall pick in the April draft, Brown ended a three-week holdout Monday, and the Dolphins believe he was worth the wait. He'll compete for playing time with 2002 NFL rushing champion Ricky Williams, coming back from a one-year retirement.

"I'm looking forward to it," Brown said. "Ricky has had a lot of success on this level. I can't take anything away from him. Hopefully, I can come in and learn some things and just compete each day." . . .

Although both Gus Frerotte and Jay Feeley are listed together as first-team quarterbacks on the latest depth chart, Coach Nick Saban said Frerotte was a "little bit ahead" of Feeley and would start Saturday night's preseason game at Pittsburgh.

* CHIEFS: Coach Dick Vermeil said that the knee injury wide receiver Freddie Mitchell suffered early in training camp may cost Mitchell an opportunity to play with the Chiefs this season.

The team has not been happy with Mitchell since he declined to have arthroscopic surgery after tearing meniscus cartilage in his right knee July 30. The Chiefs believed Mitchell would have missed only a couple of weeks of practice if he had had the operation. Instead, Mitchell still can't cut and only recently began running full speed straight ahead.

"He was doing fine before he hurt the cartilage, and he elected on his own not to get it operated on," Vermeil said Monday. "Our people thought he ought to get it done, and he'd be back practicing right now. . . . It's going to be tough now, if you're not in position to compete."

* JETS: Chas Gessner has heard plenty of wisecracks about being an Ivy League wide receiver trying to make it in the NFL. With each impressive catch in training camp, the Brown University graduate from Hyattsville (Good Counsel) moves closer to having the last laugh.

Gessner, who holds a degree in history, is well aware of the general lack of success by Ivy League receivers in the NFL. But after being one of the final cuts in New England's camp two straight seasons, Gessner is in the running for the Jets' fifth receiver spot.

"I set out to prove that I can play in this league," said Gessner, who turns 24 today. "It's kind of me trying to prove it to myself. I'm not trying to prove any doubters wrong or anything like that. I just really want to play in this league and . . . it's something that I'm going to pour everything I have into."

Wide receiver Chas Gessner, a graduate of Good Counsel High School and Brown University, is looking to grab a spot on the Jets' roster.