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Updated: February 5, 2004, 11:50 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
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Denver Broncos: Clinton Portis is perhaps the league's biggest bargain. He's scheduled to make $380,000 next year, a figure that is disproportionate to his production, and he's not happy about it. Portis told reporters at the Pro Bowl Wednesday that unless he has a new contract before training camp, he could hold out. "I'm hoping the Broncos do work something out to where it doesn't go that far," Portis told the Denver Post. "I don't want to be a distraction to the team. I don't want it to come off as if it's I think I'm bigger than the team, because I don't. But at the same time, come on, man. There are players on special teams making more money than me. How long am I going to stay content with that?" But the Broncos aren't exactly in the best financial shape to make the commitment. The club is almost $5 milllion over the salary cap and has three free agents, LBs Al Wilson and Ian Gold and DE Bertrand Berry. But after back-to-back 1,500-yards seasons, Portis doesn't want to wait any longer to get a bigger deal.

San Diego Chargers: Coach Marty Schottenheimer needed a new secondary coach to replace the departed Jerry Holmes and he filled the position Wednesday. The San Diego Tribune reports the Chargers hired Brian Stewart. But the hiring does raise some eyebrows. Stewart spent the past two seasons as the Texans' assistant secondary coach, and last season Houston had the league's worst pass defense.

Philadelphia Eagles: CB Troy Vincent lost in the NFC Championship for the third consecutive season, the latest loss coming at the hands of the Panthers. So it's not a big surprise that Vincent has adopted the philosophy, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. The 32-year-old free agent will shop his services but he wants to give the Panthers the first crack at signing him. "Carolina would be at the very top of my list," Vincent told the Charlotte Observer. "I hope this message gets back to Charlotte. I would love the opportunity to go to Carolina. It's home for me. (Carolina defensive coordinator Mike) Trgovac and I have a little history from when he was an assistant in Philadelphia and I'd love to play for him and coach (John) Fox. To have a chance to help a team that was one or two players away from winning Super Bowl XXXVIII would be tremendous. I believe that I could make a difference and help solidify a team that can make another run like that next year."

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