Thursday, May 29, 2008
Roush Fenway confident it can close deal to keep Biffle
By Angelique S. Chengelis
Roush Fenway president Geoff Smith said Thursday that he believes veteran Greg Biffle will be re-signed in the next two weeks, assuming contract details get hammered out to the agreement of both sides.
Smith said Thursday that Biffle's agent submitted a detailed contract on Tuesday after a several-month wait, and he feels confident a deal will be reached.
"It's officially back in our hands, and we're working on a contract," Smith said. "I'm optimistic we're going to be able to get it done. If he works as hard on the contract as we are, we're looking at two weeks."
If that's the case, an announcement could come during the race at Michigan International Speedway, which is considered in the backyard of Roush Industries in Livonia, Mich.
Biffle reiterated Thursday what he's been saying for weeks -- yes, he has talked to other team teams, and, yes, he would like to finish his career with Roush Fenway. He said he did not have the time until last week to work diligently with his agent on the contract.
"I've always said my heart has been with staying at Roush Fenway," Biffle said. "I wanted to take the first quarter of the season to see how the team has worked and base a small portion of my decision on that. I'm happy with the way our 16 team has performed. We've had issues, but every team has had issues.
"I've talked to a lot of other people and discussed their approach and their long-term goals, but I haven't negotiated with anybody else. I'm flattered by all the offers and by all the people interested, but ... this is truly where I want to be."