CARLISLE, Pa. -- Martin Mayhew got the message yesterday, but not Mark Rypien.
The message is that it's futile to hold out and reject an offer from Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, who let John Riggins sit out the entire 1980 season in a contract dispute.
After missing just one day of camp, Mayhew, a starting cornerback last year, signed a two-year deal and will start practicing today. He took the Redskins' offer of about $300,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year along with a good incentive package.
That leaves Rypien as the only holdout and there was no progress yesterday as his agent, Ken Staninger, and general manager Charley Casserly missed each other's telephone calls. They hoped to talk for the first time in four days late last night.
Meanwhile, Cooke visited camp yesterday and had an ominous message for Rypien in a TV interview: "Mark, I'd like to see you come to camp and you're a bloody idiot if you don't come damn soon."
Since Riggins returned with the memorable words: "I'm bored, I'm broke and I'm back," few players have tested Cooke's will, although guard Fred Dean sat out the 1983 season and never played for the team again.