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Updated: January 15, 2004, 10:19 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Gardener
Gardener
Denver Broncos: DT Daryl Gardener's contract calls for him to receive the remaining $2 million of his $5 million signing bonus today. But according to the Rocky Mountain News the Broncos not only want to withhold that payment, but they want the rest of the money back. The NFL Management Council already filed a grievance against Gardener earlier this month on behalf of the club asking for the monies paid to be returned and the remaining balance to be wiped clean. Gardener's agent, Neil Schwartz, said he would wait until today to see what course the Broncos actually take regarding the money before making any comments regarding the grievance.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Atlanta Falcons already have lifted GM Rich McKay from the Bucs, now they may be doing the same with director of player personnel Tim Ruskell. According to the Tampa Tribune, Ruskell is expected to be named the Falcons' assistant general manager today ending his 17-year association with the Buccaneers. The organization was hoping to hang on to Ruskell and other people assembled under McKay, but college scouting director Ruston Webster and pro personnel chief Mark Dominik might follow Ruskell to Atlanta.

Philadelphia Eagles: Prior to Wednesday Philly had only two representatives who made the Pro Bowl. But that was before Tampa Bay DT Warren Sapp pulled out, citing an injury. Now, the Philadelphia Daily News reports DT Corey Simon has been added to the NFC team as Sapp's replacement. Simon, 26, was the first alternate when selections were announced. "It's definitely an honor," Simon said. "It's one of the goals you set at the beginning of the season ...I'll enjoy that when the season's over, but right now I'm focusing on the Carolina Panthers."

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