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Report: Bucs' Green is going to Redskins

By Times wires and staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 17, 2002

The reunion of former University of Florida standouts and one-time Gators coach Steve Spurrier in Washington continued Saturday. ESPN.com reported the Redskins agreed to terms with Bucs unrestricted free-agent receiver Jacquez Green.

Green played four seasons with Tampa Bay and chose the Redskins over the Bucs after much deliberation. Green generated interest from other teams, most notably the Rams.

He is the third former Gators wide receiver to reunite with Spurrier in Washington, joining Reidel Anthony and Cris Doering. Green, 26, will sign a three-year contract worth $4.3-million.

A second-round choice in 1998, Green opted for the Redskins because of his familiarity with the Spurrier offense.

Green has appeared in 56 games and has 38 starts. Over the past three seasons, he averaged 12 starts. Green has 157 receptions for 2,217 yards and seven touchdowns. His best season was in 1999, with 56 catches for 791 yards.

GIANTS: Michael Strahan's future with the team took an ominous and public turn when the All-Pro defensive end aired his dissatisfaction through an interview on an Internet site.

Strahan told CBS Sportsline.com that he expects the 2002 season to be his last with New York because talks between his agent, Tony Agnone, and the Giants have stopped.

"My goal had been to win a championship, work toward the Hall of Fame, have my jersey retired by the team, and I'd go in as a lifelong New York Giant, but I'm now resigned to the fact that this won't happen," Strahan said.

Strahan deferred additional interviews until today and said of his future: "It's not up to me."

General manager Ernie Accorsi would not respond to Strahan's comments but said, "I never cut off negotiations with any player or with any agent."

Strahan apparently is upset about the Giants' decision to contain costs to position themselves for more salary-cap flexibility in the future. The Giants have cut veteran linebacker Jessie Armstead and probably will not re-sign right guard Ron Stone.

Talks on an extension for quarterback Kerry Collins collapsed.

"They are sacrificing this year," Strahan said. "It's not fair to the players and the fans who come out year after year to watch us."

Kuharich rejoins Storm

TAMPA -- Former Storm coach Larry Kuharich will return to the Arena Football League team as an offensive assistant.

Kuharich coached Tampa Bay from 1992-94 before taking a position with the New Orleans Saints. He led the Storm to an ArenaBowl championship in 1993.

Kuharich was coach of the New Jersey Gladiators last season. The Gladiators were 2-12 and Kuharich was fired after a 44-41 loss at Tampa Bay in the season finale.

Kuharich is the second former Storm coach to rejoin the team in a week. Doug Kay, defensive coordinator in '93, was hired last week as special-teams coach. Kuharich could not be reached.

-- Time staff writer Frank Pastor contributed to this report.

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