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George’s Titans Contract in Talks

July 11, 2000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Eddie George is moving closer to becoming the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

The Tennessee Titans and George’s agent, Lamont Smith, have been talking in recent weeks about a big contract extension for the Heisman Trophy winner, who becomes an unrestricted free agent after the coming season.

Smith said he talked with the Titans again Tuesday and made what he called ``substantial progress.″

``The next 24 hours or so will tell us where this is,″ Smith said.

The Titans have been focusing on George’s contract since signing coach Jeff Fisher to a new deal last month. George has said he does not want to negotiate during the season.

George reportedly is seeking a six-year contract that would give him a signing bonus larger than the $14 million cornerback Ty Law received from the New England Patriots.

Three running backs picked up deals worth more than $6 million per season last year: rookie Edgerrin James signed a seven-year, $49 million contract with the Colts; Marshall Faulk got a seven-year, $45 million deal with the Rams; and Jamal Anderson of the Atlanta Falcons signed a five-year, $32 million contract.

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