Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Giants sign 'Hefty Lefty'



By Tom Canavan
The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Kerry Collins isn't the only New York 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 on Tuesday.

Lorenzen was not drafted this past weekend.

Steinberg said Lorenzen signed a standard one-year free agent contract with a modest bonus. Steinberg wouldn't elaborate on the bonus.

Buffalo and Cincinnati were also interested, the agent said, but Lorenzen chose the Giants because he felt there was opportunity there.

"If people can get over the prejudice of a number on a scale, he has the arm and the talent to be a very good quarterback," Steinberg said.

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 that 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.

Collins was due to make $7 million this season and he would have counted $8.95 million against the salary cap.

The Giants also have had a couple of veteran quarterbacks in for workouts.

Palmer, who is starring in the reality television series "The Bachelor," wasn't overly impressive in leading the team after Collins went down with an ankle injury late last season.

Palmer completed 60 of 116 passes for 532 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.

Jason Garrett, who was the Giants No. 3 quarterback last season, signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent.




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