Friday, March 28, 2003

NF Notebook


Titans, Fisher pursue long-term deal

The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams wants to sign coach Jeff Fisher to a contract extension.

"When both of us get some time, it will get done," Adams said in a statement released Thursday.

Fisher guided the Titans to the playoffs in three of the last four seasons and is 80-61 since taking over the then-Houston Oilers in November 1994.

Fisher, 44, led the Titans to the AFC championship twice in the past four years, including last season when he rallied Tennessee from a 1-4 start to an 11-5 record.

Adams considers Fisher's contract, signed in 2000, to be in its final year. A series of clauses could allow either side out of the deal or add the 2004 season.

Fisher's current contract pays him about $2.9 million a year.

Adams already has extended the contracts of Fisher's assistant coaches.

Fisher has said he talked with Adams several times and will get things worked out.

"I have no concerns whatsoever, under any circumstances, that it won't get worked out. We're not in any rush at the moment, and we'll pick it up again in the next couple weeks," Fisher told the Tennessean.

PATRIOTS: Quarterback Tom Brady and New England reworked his contract late last week to give the team more room under the salary cap.

"You do whatever it takes to help the team get better players and help the team win," he said.

Brady's base salary for 2003 was $3.125 million. That was reduced to $450,000, according to a report in the Boston Herald.

CARDINALS: The opportunity to remain a featured running back lured Emmitt Smith to Arizona. He signed a two-year deal worth $7-8 million.

"A couple of other teams were asking me to come in and be a backup," Smith, 33, said. "I didn't foresee myself being a backup."

Smith was introduced as a Cardinal in a news conference televised live in Phoenix and Dallas, where Smith played 13 seasons and helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls.

VIKINGS: Running back Michael Bennett will have his injured left foot evaluated by the team today.

A Vikings spokesman did not know how seriously Bennett is hurt, or when or how the player was injured.

BRONCOS: Heath Irwin, who started at left guard with St. Louis much of last season, signed a one-year, $655,000 contract with Denver.

FREE AGENT SUSPENDED: Free agent running back Mike Cloud was suspended for the first four games of 2003 for violating the NFL's steroid policy. The suspension applies for the first four games, even if he still is unsigned.




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