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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The courtship of Strahan

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Strahan

The New York tabloids are abuzz about Giants defensive end Michael Strahan's comeback, although The Post is certainly running circles around the Daily News in terms of fueling the fire.

According to Strahan's agent, Tony Agnone, GM Jerry Reese made the phone call everyone had been waiting for Monday.

"Jerry said, 'Hey, you think Michael would have some interest?'" Agnone told The Post. "Obviously there's not any Pro Bowl defensive ends out there except him. I'm sure there's a part of him that wants to play. Do I think it's a big part? No."

But at some point (like now), the Giants will ask Strahan to name his price. The number we keep hearing is $8 million, but ESPN's Chris Mortensen said he thinks the figure will be more than that. I've also read in a couple of places that Reese and Strahan were at odds when the defensive end skipped training camp last year.

Well, I talked to Reese about that topic two weeks ago in Albany. At some point during the 2007 season, Reese went up to Strahan and said, "I just want you to know that I didn't take that stuff you said personally."

Strahan later told Reese that he had a lot of respect for him and that he would never be able to do his job. All that to say that there's a mutual respect in place that allows Reese to feel comfortable reaching out to Strahan.

I do think the Giants will go out of their way not to pressure Strahan too much. They don't want to put him in a position where he looks disloyal by not returning. And I think that's the right way to go.