Cardinals not only team on Simms' list?

September 26, 1994|By New York Times News Service

As Phil Simms was deciding whether to become Buddy Ryan's latest experiment on offense last night, the agent for the former New York Giants quarterback intimated his client may not be through shopping even if the Arizona Cardinals' deal falls through.

Simms was seeking a guaranteed, two-year deal that his agent, David Fishof, now says would be worth more than $4 million from Ryan's Arizona team. It is a deal requiring a fair amount of salary-cap finagling by Arizona to pull off and the only deal Simms said yesterday he would be interested in pursuing.

"This will be the only offer I entertain all year," he said while working on ESPN's "GameDay."

Last night, though, Fishof called that "an emotional response" and added that if a deal could not be consummated with the Cardinals, then Simms, 38, would be interested in talking to other teams.

Fishof said he expected a resolution to the weekend-long negotiations today.

Fishof turned down a one-year, $1 million offer Friday from the Cardinals, and informed them of Simms' demands regarding a deal: more money and more security, the sort not available to Simms when he and his $2.25 million salary were waived by the Giants in June.

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