Strahan likely retiring

May, 6, 2008
05/06/08
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Officially, Michael Strahan is undecided about his future. But he looks and sounds like a player who is going to retire before training camp.

Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce went on the radio and said he thought Strahan was gong to retire. Last summer, he almost did retire. Clearly he doesn't want to come to training camp, and Tom Coughlin isn't going to give him a pass that will allow him to take the summer off.

Put the odds at 60-40 for a retirement announcement before training camp.

Benson talks to Bears: Cedric Benson showed up at Bears headquarters Tuesday and met with team officials. On the advice of his attorney, Benson didn't speak to reporters who were staked out in the parking lot of the Bears facility in Lake Forest, Ill.

Now that the hoopla surrounding his boating incident has calmed down a bit, the Bears sound like an organization that might let him stay on the roster ... for now. It will probably cost more to replace him than the $820,000 salary he is scheduled to make this year.

The Bears seem to be listening to his story. They may let the incident play out in the courts and let Benson play until it is resolved.

Engram at odds: The Bobby Engram situation in Seattle isn't as easy to resolve as the wide receiver might think. Engram is missing the voluntary part of the OTAs because he is upset with his contract. He's making $1.7 million in the final year of the deal.

He's coming off a 94-catch season, but he's also 35 years old. Though the team could try to make him happy with a raise, it's also possible they might wait until the offseason. The Seahawks stood by him in 2006 when his career was in jeopardy with a thyroid problem and he only had 24 catches in seven games.

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