http://www.tennessean.com/sports/titans/archives/04/07/54504329.shtml?Element_ID=54504329 wrote:Titans running back Eddie George traveled to Denver last night for one final huddle with his agent before a decision on his future is made.
Up for discussion will be the two options the Titans have presented to George — accept a reduced contract, or be prepared to be released.
Agent Lamont Smith would not confirm George's trip to Colorado, but George is scheduled to meet face-to-face with Smith today. Smith did say there were no new developments yesterday in negotiations with the team, one day after his client met face-to-face with Titans General Manager Floyd Reese.
Smith has said he expects a resolution in the contract talks by the end of the week.
''We are now waiting to hear back from the Titans. We'll make our next move from there,'' Smith said yesterday. ''We are waiting on a response from them on something, but haven't heard anything.''
George, who has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the franchise and has 10,009 yards, is pretty much faced with a take-it-or-leave-it situation regarding his contract.
The two sides have held numerous discussions over the last week, but the Titans haven't been willing to budge much from their $1.5 million offer for 2004, and with salary cap troubles, their stance won't change. That would be a dramatic pay cut for George, scheduled to make $4.25 million.
George left his meeting with Reese on Wednesday less than satisfied with the team's efforts to keep him, and the incentives package that's been offered as part of the restructured deal hadn't met his approval either.
A message left at Reese's office late yesterday was not returned.
I guess pride is keeping George from taking a pay cut right away.