Meggett expected to return after 1--day contract walkout

September 20, 1990|By New York Times

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants lost two players yesterday: Mark Collins for four weeks with a sprained right ankle and Dave Meggett for probably one day because he is unhappy with his contract and did not show up for work.

Collins, the starting left cornerback, hurt his ankle against the Philadelphia Eagles in the opening game of the season and then reinjured it in last Sunday's 28-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. He was placed on injured reserve, which means he must sit out at least four weeks.

The loss of Collins was not surprising. The absence of Meggett was, although he was known to be dissatisfied with the two-year contract he signed last year as a rookie out of Towson State.

Meggett was drafted in the fifth round last year, primarily as a punt returner. He was third in the league with a 12.7-yard average and also became a threat as a third-down back and occasional receiver, gaining a spot in the Pro Bowl.

He scored one touchdown on a punt return and four on receptions. In this season's opener, he scored a touchdown on a 68-yard punt return against the Eagles.

Last year, he collected $75,000 in salary and $35,000 in a signing bonus. With incentives, including selection to the Pro Bowl and all-rookie teams, he earned $205,000. His base salary this year is $90,000, one of the lowest on the team.

Meggett's agent, Tony Agnone of Baltimore, indicated before this year's training camp that the Giants had agreed to discuss a contract extension. Apparently, there have been no such talks.

There were indications Meggett would be back today and be docked $1,500 by the Giants for his unexcused absence. All Agnone would say was, "David wasn't feeling very well today. He had a touch of a virus. I don't know what kind."

George Young, the Giants' general manager, had little to say.

"I don't have any comments," Young said. "All my players are under contract."

A person familiar with the situation indicated Meggett was out because of his unhappiness with his contract.

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