Peep Show

Updated: June 1, 2004, 3:42 PM ET
By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Neil O'Donnell
New York Giants: Quaterback Neil O'Donnell doesn't want to play for the Giants in 2004. In fact, he's not interested in playing for anyone. "Neil is not actively pursuing any other opportunities in the league, and after long discussions with his family, he feels pretty good about what type of NFL career he's had," O'Donnell's agent, Steve Rosner, told the Tennessean. The Giants had been pursuing O'Donnell to serve as a mentor for Eli Manning, but O'Donnell informed Giants GM Ernie Accorsi over the weekend that he intends to remain retired. According to Rosner, O'Donnell, who started 100 games in his career, is finalizing plans to be part of a Nashville TV news team this fall.

Jesse Palmer earned fame this offseason by starring in the TV reality show, The Bachelor. Now he's focused on earning a backup QB role with the Giants. "Ideally, [The Bachelor] is a footnote somewhere along the way," Palmer told the Florida Times-Union. "I'd much rather be remembered for this game that I've been playing since I was 7 years old than a TV show that I did for two months. Football is my passion." Palmer, who started three games for New York in Kerry Collins' absence last season, is no lock to make the Giants' roster. The team traded for No. 1 pick Eli Manning, signed Kentucky's Jared Lorenzen and is expected to sign another veteran before training camp.

Joey Harrington
Detroit Lions: Any chance that someone will seriously challenge QB Joey Harrington for the starting job this year was virtually eliminated over the weekend. Harrington was easily the sharpest QB at the team's minicamp that ended on Sunday, according to the Detroit News. Fourth-year QB Mike McMahon, who has expressed frustration with his role in the past, appears to have accepted his fate as Harrington's backup. "When I first came in here, he wanted to compete for the job even up," coach Steve Mariucci said. "That's what his hope was -- he would have an equal chance to compete. That has kind of sorted itself out now. Joey's our starter. Mike's our backup." Rick Mirer and Curt Anes, Harrington's college backup, are also on the Lions' roster.