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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 6, 2001


Flutie dodging storm to talk with Chargers

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Former Bills quarterback Doug Flutie plans to interview with Chargers coaches and executives today, his agent said.

Flutie, 38, was released by the Bills on Feb. 28 after first-year coach Gregg Williams decided to make Rob Johnson the starter.

Flutie's interview could be delayed if the severe snowstorm pounding the Northeast forces the cancellation of his flight, agent Kristen Kuliga said.

"Doug feels he's in the prime of his career, and he definitely wants to sign with a team where he can start," Kuliga said. "He's going to do everything he can to get a plane to San Diego."

The Chargers' quarterback situation is in turmoil after a 1-15 season.

Quarterbacks Jim Harbaugh and Moses Moreno are unrestricted free agents, and former first-round draft pick Ryan Leaf was waived and picked up by the Bucs. The Chargers have the draft's No. 1 pick, which they might use on Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick.

BEARS: Former Browns offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael was named offensive assistant.

BROWNS: Fullback Tarek Saleh, used primarily on special teams the past two seasons, re-signed for one year.

CARDINALS: Arizona agreed to terms on a three-year contract with offensive lineman Chris Dishman.

DOLPHINS: Miami, seeking to upgrade the quarterback position held last year by Jay Fiedler, talked with free agent Gus Frerotte. Frerotte's agent said his client was not offered a contract. Frerotte was given a physical and discussed his chances for playing time. If he signs, he would compete with Fiedler for the No. 1 job.

FALCONS: Atlanta named Gary Stevens wide receivers coach.

GIANTS: Tiki Barber, who rushed for a career-high 1,006 yards and helped New York reach the Super Bowl, is close to an agreement on a reported six-year, $24-million contract. Ethan Lock, Barber's agent, said the deal was close to being finalized, but he didn't expect it to happen until today or Wednesday. ... Special teams coach Larry Mac Duff is leaving to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Arizona, the Associated Press reported.

LIONS: Jim Harbaugh agreed to a two-year deal, giving the team a solid backup to injury-plagued quarterback Charlie Batch.

PANTHERS: Free-agent linebacker Jason Kyle agreed to terms, and tight end Brian Kinchen was released.

RAIDERS: Free-agent defensive end Trace Armstrong, a 12-year veteran who spent the past six seasons with the Dolphins, was signed. Terms were not disclosed.

SEAHAWKS: Matt Hasselbeck, acquired from Green Bay to be the starting quarterback, said he is confident Seattle will tear up the contract he signed with the Packers. Hasselbeck has two years left on his contract and is scheduled to earn $440,000 next season.

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