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Giants' QB numbers: addition, subtraction

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Published April 28, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Kerry Collins isn't the only Giants quarterback seemingly heading out the door.

The Bachelor may not be far behind.

Jesse Palmer's future with the Giants is also uncertain with the signing of "J. Load."

That's Jared Lorenzen, the 280-pounder from Kentucky who looks more like an offensive lineman than a quarterback.

Leigh Steinberg, who represents Lorenzen, confirmed the signing Tuesday. Lorenzen was not drafted last weekend.

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said the team had no comment.

Lorenzen threw for 10,354 yards and 78 touchdowns despite playing in three different offenses. He also threw 41 interceptions, but only 20 in his final three seasons.

Collins, who has been the Giants' quarterback since 1999, all but guaranteed he would be released soon after refusing to renegotiate his contract. The Giants wanted concessions after making a draft-day trade to acquire Eli Manning, the No. 1 overall pick, from the San Diego Chargers.

BILLS: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe renegotiated his contract, giving Buffalo nearly $4-million in salary cap relief.

The new three-year deal, which includes some incentive bonuses, replaces an original deal that had seven years remaining on it and negates a $7-million bonus due Bledsoe in November. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $5.9-million this season.

The renegotiation comes after Buffalo traded for a first-round pick in the draft Saturday to select Tulane quarterback J.P. Losman. The team hopes to groom Losman as Bledsoe's successor.

"We still have great confidence in Drew and we've told Drew that," Bills president Tom Donahoe said. "But we have to prepare for tomorrow."

FALCONS: Two-year veteran quarterback Kurt Kittner was released, three days after the team drafted quarterback Matt Schaub in the third round. Last season, Kittner went 1-3 as a starter and his fourth-quarter rating was an embarrassing 0.9. The team also cut linebacker Keith Newman, punter Jonathan Kilgo and receiver John Lewis.

STEELERS: An angry Tommy Maddox met with coach Bill Cowher, presumably to discuss the team's use of a first-round draft pick on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Maddox, Pittsburgh's starter the past two seasons, left the training complex without talking to reporters and there was no word on what they talked about.

The meeting came three days after the Steelers added Roethlisberger, the only quarterback they have drafted in the first round since 1981. Roethlisberger is expected to become the starter by the 2005 season.

Maddox, the 2002 NFL comeback Player of the year, is upset because the Steelers indicated to him before the draft they would choose a right tackle and not a quarterback.

Maddox also expected the team would renegotiate his $750,000 salary, the lowest for an NFL veteran starting quarterback, but now realizes the addition of Roethlisberger may change that.

USF SIGNINGS: South Florida receiver Elgin Hicks and running back DeJuan Green signed as free agents with Indianapolis and Oakland, respectively.

JAGUARS MAY TESTIFY: Three players are listed as potential witnesses at the federal trial of a tire and rim shop owner accused of selling drugs from his Jacksonville store.

Defensive tackles John Henderson and Marcus Stroud and former Florida running back Fred Taylor could testify at the trial of Don Brown Jr., 33, who was arrested by federal agents in a 10-kilogram cocaine sting last year. The trial is set to begin next week.

A police report said Brown told authorities he once sold marijuana to Stroud and former Jaguar running back Stacey Mack, and gave it to Henderson. Prosecutors said the defense's witness list includes Taylor.

The players have denied any involvement with Brown, saying they only shopped for auto accessories at his store. None of them has been charged.

OBITUARY: Sid Watson, an NFL player in the 1950s who went on to lead the Bowdoin hockey team to four ECAC Division II titles during 24 years as coach, died Sunday after a heart attack at his home in Naples. He was 71. Watson, a halfback, broke in with Pittsburgh in 1955 and spent three seasons there before finishing with Washington in 1958.

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