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Chiefs, Aikman begin discussions

March 10, 2001

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Agent for former Cowboys quarterback to meet with Kansas City again next week

Irving, Texas Troy Aikman is considering ending his career the way Joe Montana did: As a Kansas City Chief.

Aikman's agent, Leigh Steinberg, told The Associated Press that he had "a preliminary discussion" Friday with Chiefs president Carl Peterson about a new team for the former Dallas Cowboys standout.

"It was just a first discussion," Steinberg said. "We plan to have further discussions probably next week."

Aikman was waived Wednesday after 12 seasons in Dallas. He led the Cowboys to six division titles and three Super Bowl championships.

But Aikman is 34, has suffered 10 concussions and has a degenerative back problem. His fragility is a big factor considering he missed five games last season and was knocked out of three more in the first quarter. Yet he still wants to play and it's Steinberg's job to try finding him a job.

Aikman's first choice was San Diego to be reunited with close friend Norv Turner, the Chargers' offensive coordinator. But that opportunity closed Friday when the team signed Doug Flutie.

"That removes San Diego as an option, because Troy's interest certainly would be in starting," Steinberg said.

Aikman's options are running out fast. Tampa Bay and Baltimore also have locked up new starting quarterbacks since the free agent season began last week.

The Chiefs are among those in the market because they released Elvis Grbac and have yet to replace him. New coach Dick Vermeil is believed to be interested in St. Louis' Trent Green. Vermiel coached Green with the Rams.

Flutie signs with Chargers

San Diego Doug Flutie, all 5-foot-10 inches of him, finally has an NFL starting job of his own.

Granted, it's with the San Diego Chargers, who were an NFL-worst 1-15 last year. But the 38-year-old doesn't have to look over his shoulder and the Chargers are simply ecstatic to have Flutie after dealing with Ryan Leaf's many meltdowns and miscues the last three seasons.

The contract is believed to be in $28 million to $30 million range, similar to what Brad Johnson received from Tampa Bay and Elvis Grbac received from Baltimore. The signing bonus is believed to be about $3 million.

KC signs punter Stryzinski

Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent punter Dan Stryzinski to a five-year contract Friday. Terms were not announced.

Stryzinski joins the Chiefs after six seasons with Atlanta. He also has punted at Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh in a 12-year NFL career, averaging 40.2 gross yards per punt and 36.2 net. Stryzinski is noted for his high hang times and has led the NFL in forced fair catches in five different seasons. He also led the league in fewest punt returns allowed in 1994 and 1999.

Dolphins add QB Lucas

Davie, Fla. Quarterback Ray Lucas, unhappy about the way his stock slipped with the New York Jets, signed an offer sheet Friday on a three-year, $2.75 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.

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