The agents are screaming. The Ravens are yawning.
Sorry, it's not as if Jamal Lewis and Travis Taylor are about to forsake their rookie seasons to enter the presidential race as a third-party ticket.
Wake me up when training camp begins.
Taylor's agent, Steve Weinberg, says he won't resume negotiations until the Ravens make an offer. Lewis' agent, Mitch Frankel, says his talks are at a virtual standstill.
Yesterday was David Modell's turn, and the Ravens' team president repeated his pledge to sign both players, scoffed at the threat of holdouts and defended the negotiating tactics of lead negotiator Pat Moriarty.
Wake me up when coach Brian Billick starts using his techno-geek vocabulary to describe the offensive "multiplicity" that Lewis and Taylor offer.
Wake me up when the rooks cash their signing bonuses and roll into Westminster with their funky jewelry, fancy cell phones and fully loaded SUVs.
"It's that time of year. I'm not alarmed," Modell said.
So, will the Ravens sign Lewis and Taylor by the opening of camp?
"On or about, sure," Modell said.
Fans, then, shouldn't be panicked?
"No, not at all," Modell said. "And they shouldn't be panicked if they Lewis and Taylor are late a week. We'll get it done. They're coming."
Training camp is nine days away. Only seven teams have signed their first-round picks. It's not as if the Ravens are the only ones lagging.
Of course, Modell and Co. will merit the full warehouse treatment if they blow this and somehow compromise their most promising season.
But how likely is that?
"I think we're developing a pretty good track record for being reasonable and getting it done," Modell said.
Frankly, the more intriguing question surrounding the Ravens is whether the team will make a serious run at oft-injured free-agent defensive tackle Eric Swann.
Chances are, Swann will sign before the Ravens get a crack at him - he visited Carolina on Thursday and Chicago yesterday, and plans to visit with Denver on Tuesday.