February 1, 2005

McAllister Talks Underway For Long Term Deal

Star RB turns down big formal proposal

While the Saints have been floating numbers to Deuce McAllister and his agent since before the 2004 season, contract extensions are now underway in earnest to get the Saints' best offensive player locked into a long-term deal.

New Orleans Pro Football.com has learned from sources that the Saints formally offered a long-term contract proposal that resembled the extension Kansas City star Priest Holmes received last offseason, with guaranteed money in excess of $10 million.

McAllister and his agent Ben Dogra turned down the offer. The biggest issue - as is commonly the case - guaranteed money. The two sides began talking seriously after the season ended.

Dogra is probably not looking to Kansas City for a framework for a new contract, but to San Diego, Washington and Indianapolis. Chargers runningback LaDainian Tomlinson received a monster contract last offseason, weeks after Washington runningback Clinton Portis. Colts runningback Edgerrin James is a free agent and is up for a long-term deal of his own, unless he is slapped with the franchise tag.

Still operating under his rookie contract that he signed after he was drafted 23rd overall in the 2001 draft, McAllister is slated to receive $550,000 in base salary. Even the Saints can admit that is not in line with McAllister's production.

In addition to McAllister, this offseason the Saints will be talking big money deals with DE Darren Howard, CB Mike McKenzie and possibly WR Joe Horn.

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