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Updated: June 1, 2004, 3:40 PM ET
By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
McCardell
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Keenan McCardell led the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns last year and made the Pro Bowl. Now he wants to be paid accordingly. "We're looking for an extension that matches Keenan's production,'' Steve Carrick, a spokesman for agent Gary Uberstein, told the Tampa Tribune. "All we want is something that's fair and comparable [to what receivers with McCardell's statistics are getting]." McCardell finished in the top 10 in the league in receptions (84) and yards (1,174). Seven other receivers finished in the top 10 in both categories last year. Of that group, four are scheduled to make more than $5 million next year and two are slated to make more than $3 million and the other was second-round rookie WR Anquan Boldin. But at 34, McCardell is at a disadvantage when it comes to negotiations. A source with knowledge of the contract discussions said he did not think the issue had reached a boiling point. "They're talking,'' the source said, "but I don't think it's gotten ugly yet."

San Diego Chargers: After a splendid draft, Chargers fans got more good news Monday. San Diego City Council members approved a proposal for a new Chargers lease at Qualcomm Stadium that would wipe out the controversial ticket guarantee and pave the way for the team to drop its lawsuit against the city. Monday's events do not directly affect the lawsuit the Chargers filed against the city in November but both sides say they are hopeful a resolution will be reached. There is a reason for both sides to tinker with the lease. The city hopes to improve its financial picture through adjustments to the contract. The Chargers want to strike the ticket guarantee and other unpopular aspects of the existing lease to improve public relations as the team presses forward with its plan for a new stadium.

New York Giants: With QB Kerry Collins all but out the door, the team is looking at other veterans to come in and tutor first-round pick QB Eli Manning. According to the New York Daily News the Giants are interested in 37-year-old QB Neil O'Donnell and 33-year-old QB Jeff Blake, who are free agents. First, the club brought in QB Damon Huard for a visit. The 30-year-old Huard spent the last two years as a backup in New England playing under new Giants offensive coordinator Jon Hufnagel. The Giants also agreed to terms with rookie free agent QB Jared Lorenzen. The 6'4", 288-pound passer out of Kentucky has earned the nickname "The Pillsbury Throwboy."

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