Wednesday, March 12, 2003

NFL Notebook

Super Bowl MVP might leave Bucs

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dexter Jackson, the MVP of the Super Bowl, is weighing offers from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.

Jackson's offers are believed to be comparable to the deal former bengals safety Cory Hall signed last week with Atlanta: $12 million over five seasons with a $2.75 million signing bonus.

Jackson apparently prefers Pittsburgh over Arizona.

"I like the way their defense plays," Jackson said of the Steelers. "They remind me of Tampa - everyone runs to the ball, everyone hits hard and plays with emotion. Everyone flies to the ball and plays as a unit. They also are a championship-contending team."

The Bucs want to keep Jackson, who had two interceptions in their Super Bowl victory over Oakland, but are strapped for salary-cap room after signing offensive lineman John Wade and re-signing linebacker Shelton Quarles.

SEAHAWKS: Six-year veteran free safety Damien Robinson signed a four-year contract. He has 371 tackles and 12 interceptions in 68 career NFL games.

DOLPHINS: Quarterback Brian Griese, expected to be released June 1 by Denver, says he's interested in signing with Miami as the backup to Jay Fiedler if he can't land a starting job elsewhere.

Griese plans to talk soon with teams about the possibility of signing with them after being released. He declined to identify any other teams but said he'll visit by phone with Dolphins offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

LIONS: Safety Bracey Walker, who played in 14 games and had 31 special-teams tackles last season, re-signed with Detroit. The 6-foot, 210-pounder made one start but played regularly in the secondary, totaling 38 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.

PACKERS: Safety Matt Bowen became a Redskin when the Packers declined to match Washington's four-year, $6 million offer sheet. Green Bay will receive a sixth-round pick in next month's draft as compensation.

Bowen made 42 tackles, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass for Green Bay last season.

PATRIOTS: New England signed free agent linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, who has spent all four of his NFL seasons with Chicago. Last season he was fifth on the Bears with 72 tackles and also had 10.5 sacks.

FALCONS: Fullback Bob Christian, whose season ended with a concussion in December, told the team he will retire. Christian, a veteran of 12 seasons, had two concussions last season.

TEXANS: The team re-signed two reserves, defensive end Corey Sears and safety Kevin Williams. Sears played 16 games for Houston last season; Williams played in 13.

GIANTS: Fullback Jim Finn, who spent the past three seasons with Indianapolis, signed with the New York Giants. He had six receptions for 31 yards in 12 games last season and rushed five times for 8 yards.

JAGUARS: The team agreed to a one-year contract with receiver Donald Hayes, who was released by New England last month after a disappointing season in which he caught only 12 passes after signing a deal worth a $1.2 million signing bonus. Hayes played for Carolina from 1998-2001 and caught 132 passes.

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