PHILADELPHIA -- Since signing a three-year, $17 million free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in March, cornerback Cary Williams hasn't been around much.
He was a no-show at most of the team's voluntary OTAs for a number of reasons, including getting married, overseeing the construction of his new house, having dental work and attending his three-year-old daughter's dance recital.
Given the fact that the Eagles have a new coach -- Chip Kelly -- and that the defense gave up a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes last season and that Williams is being counted on to reduce that number, his absence from OTAs created a substantial public stir, particularly the dance recital excuse.
But Williams was at the Eagles' training facility Tuesday for the first day of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp, running with the first team. He said he was surprised that so many people were upset about him missing practices that were strictly voluntary.
"I feel like everybody around me that gets to know me knows what I'm about," said Williams, who started every game last season for the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens.
"Ask anybody on that Ravens staff what kind of person I am. They know I come to work each and every day. No complaints. I get the job done. I understand what it takes to be successful.
"I love the fans. I love the people that support the team. But at the end of the day, if I worry about what the fans think of me, I won't be here long."
The Ravens are scheduled to visit the White House Wednesday and meet President Barack Obama. Williams said he did not ask out of the minicamp to attend the ceremony.
"You think seeing the president is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "It's definitely something I thought of. But at the end of the day, I'm an Eagle. I understand my responsibilities here. I'm happy to be here, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."
--Wide receiver DeSean Jackson confirmed that he has fired his longtime agent, Drew Rosenhaus. There have been reports that he is considering signing with rapper Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports. But Jackson said Tuesday that's not definite.
"I don't know right now," he said. "It's a lot of thoughts." Jackson also said it's not out of the realm of possibility that he will kiss and make up with Rosenhaus.