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UP FOR GRABS
Peter King
August 12, 2002
Outside of San Diego, here are the most intriguing position battles in NFL camps
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August 12, 2002

Up For Grabs

Outside of San Diego, here are the most intriguing position battles in NFL camps

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The best tight end in the game is a holdout because the Chiefs rejected his request for $4.5 million per year and the right to pursue an NBA career in the off-season. Peterson says he won't pay Gonzalez for more than one year, at $3.05 million, until he gives up his hoops dream. "His NBA chances are as a 10th or 11th player, for minimum salary, and he'd be an injury risk each season," says Peterson. "For the money we may invest in him, he owes us dedication to football."

Forecast: Gonzalez holds out until mid-September, then signs a one-year deal.

5. Redskins quarterback: Danny Wuerffel versus Shane Matthews, Sage Rosenfels and Patrick Ramsey

Forget that new coach Steve Spurrier started Rosenfels in the preseason opener; the second-year man is too inconsistent. As of Monday, Ramsey, the team's first-round pick out of Tulane, was still a holdout. That leaves the two former Gators: Wuerffel, who was the better college player, and Matthews, who has been the better pro.

Forecast: Wuerffel's showing he has enough arm to throw the mid-to-deep ball. Plus, Spurrier loves the guy.

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