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Updated: February 16, 2004, 10:46 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Both the team and Doug Williams denied an ESPN.com report that he would not take the team's front-office position he accepted last week and stay at Grambling as the head coach. "It's absolutely not true," team spokesman Jeff Kamis told the Tampa Tribune. Added Williams: "I spoke with [Bucs general manager] Bruce [Allen] first thing [Sunday] morning, and I told him I would see him Wednesday. I'm ready to get started." Williams is expected in Tampa on Wednesday and is scheduled to join the staff in Indianapolis for the NFL combine beginning Thursday.

New York Giants: Coach Tom Coughlin is the strong, silent type, which explains why he hasn't taken the initiative to speak to his new team. It was because of that that team leader Michael Strahan initiated a dialogue by calling Coughlin. Strahan called his new coach and said he "had a very nice talk" with him and vehemently denied he was upset that there was no communication prior to the call. "I spoke to the man. It doesn't matter when I spoke to him," Strahan told the New York Daily News. "We had a good conversation. My first impression is very good." Coughlin has yet to have a team meeting and only a few players have had more than an accidental meeting with him. He has had talks with RB Ron Dayne and DT William Joseph.

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Detroit Lions: Washington Redskins CB Champ Bailey is on the auction block and the Lions are definitely interested in him. "If they want to talk, we'll gladly listen," team president Matt Millen told the Detroit Free Press. "And who knows where it goes? But, yeah, we'd be interested." Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is believed to be asking for the Lions' first and second-round picks in the NFL draft, as well as an additional draft pick or player, for Bailey. Beyond players and picks, Bailey would cost long dough. He turned down a nine-year, $55 million offer from the Redskins last summer and reportedly rejected a similar offer last week. "He's as good a player as it gets," Millen said. "He's young, he's talented, he's got character. He's a lot of things. He's also expensive. There's a lot more to it than just, 'Hey, let's go get a good player.' "

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