Giants Nix Talks With Strahan
New York won't offer Pro Bowler more cash to stave off retirement
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 2, 2007 5:12 AM CDT
New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan smiles during football mini-camp in this June 14, 2007 file photo, in East Rutherford, N.J. Strahan, a seven-time Pro Bowler, failed to report to the New...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Giants will not offer Michael Strahan more than his current $4 million salary to return next year, the Post reports. General Manager Jerry Reese told the 35-year-old defensive end, who's been mulling over a retirement decision, that New York will proceed as if he were "never coming back." Strahan's squad has started fining him for his untimely absence from training camp.

Under NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, the seven-time Pro Bowler, who would likely be replaced by 33-year-old Simeon Rice, also stands to lose a sizable portion of his $6.5 million signing bonus. After tiresome speculation surrounding running-back Tiki Barber's retirement in '06, coach Tom Coughlin says he's eager to resolve issues with this year's holdout star.