Peep Show

Updated: February 6, 2004, 10:58 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Denver Broncos: RB Clinton Portis may be the most underpaid player in the league, but he says he won't let that get in the way of his commitment to the team next season. Angered at reports that quoted him as dissatisfied with his current deal and that he might hold out if nothing was done, he defiantly said Thursday that's not the case. "I never said that I wasn't coming to camp if my contract didn't get redone," Portis told the Rocky Mountain News. "I never said my contract was an issue. The media's making a bigger deal of it than it is, and I don't like that," he said. "Don't use me as a scapegoat for a story line, like you got the inside scoop on something when you really didn't because I never said that."&The agent for Pro Bowl LB Al Wilson indicated he and the Broncos have finished about "90 percent" of negotiations toward a new contract for his client. Norm Nixon said money is the hang-up in negotiations but the difference is "not a lot" and that he intends to resume talks with GM Ted Sundquist next week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The services of Keyshawn Johnson are in demand. The Bucs say that several teams have spoken with them about trading for the loquacious wideout. While at the Pro Bowl GM Bruce Allen informed Johnson's agent, Jerome Stanley, that the Bucs had no immediate plans to release his client because whether they cut him or trade him the Bucs are on the hook for more than $6 million in accelerated signing bonus. "They think I'm too valuable of a commodity not to get something for," Johnson told the St. Petersburg Times.

Green Bay Packers: Prior to the Miami Dolphins filling out their coaching staff three was a chance that receivers coach Ray Sherman would end up in the AFC East. Sherman was interested in the tight ends coach with Miami because his family now lives in Florida. "It's a good situation here," he told the Green Bay Press Gazette. "I was going to just listen and see what their interest was, and it was an opportunity to be close to my family. But this situation (with the Packers) is a good situation. We've got a good group of young (receivers) here, guys I've worked with and grown with."