"He's just not in position to be there right now. He has kids and business to attend to in Maryland. It's not that big of a deal. (The Panthers) know that he's working out and getting himself in great shape. And there's a chance he may be able to get there before the camp is over. But it has nothing to do with the contract."
Or does it?
Paige floated the idea that Jenkins, 28, wants a new deal after being selected to his third Pro Bowl last season and wouldn't completely rule out the possibility that his client may not attend training camp if he doesn't get a new one.
"We'll cross that bridge when we get to it," Paige said. "It makes no sense to talk about it now. We'll keep (negotiating). We're working toward trying to get a deal done."
It seems unlikely the Panthers would give Jenkins a new deal. The team attempted to trade him before the draft and the idea that he deserves a new deal is, quite frankly, a little ludicrous.
Jenkins was rewarded with a six-year contract extension after the Panthers went to the Super Bowl in 2003.
The following season, he missed 12 games with a shoulder injury. In 2005, he missed 15 games with a torn ACL in his knee.
Last year, Jenkins responded by playing in all 16 games and was selected to his third Pro Bowl, although he didn't play at the All-Pro level he did in 2002 and 2003.
That means Jenkins has played in 21 games since his last contract.
Jenkins' current deal runs through the 2009 season. He's scheduled to earn base salaries of $3.2 million in 2007, $2.95 million in 2008 and $3.71 million in 2009.
Panthers coach John Fox said he had an inclination Jenkins might be a no-show.
"We've had great communication all the way through," Fox said. "It's not a situation where there are any bad feelings."
Fox is working under the assumption Jenkins will be at training camp, but he seemed hesitant to believe that.
"It's words, but yes (that is what was said)," Fox said.
"Do we wish he was here? Sure. But I know he's spending a lot of time up in Maryland and said he's working hard, so that's all you can do," said general manager Marty Hurney. "It's a voluntary session and he chose not to be here."