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Chargers Release Flutie

Associated Press
Saturday, March 12, 2005; Page D03

The San Diego Chargers released Doug Flutie yesterday, the latest move in a 20-year career that has taken the quarterback to eight teams in three professional leagues.

Flutie had two years left on his Chargers contract and was due a $350,000 roster bonus on Tuesday. Counting that bonus, he was to earn $1.35 million in 2005.

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"I think Doug definitely wants to try and play at least for another year," his agent, Kristen Kuliga, said from Boston.

Flutie, 42, became expendable after Drew Brees, who had an outstanding 2004 season, signed an $8,078,000 contract as the team's "franchise" player. The Chargers don't need to carry four quarterbacks, like they did last year, because they also have Philip Rivers, the fourth overall pick in last year's draft, and second-year man Cleo Lemon.

Flutie was heading to Stowe, Vt., yesterday, to play drums in a weekend gig with his Flutie Brothers Band, Kuliga said.

RAVENS: Baltimore signed former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Keydrick Vincent to fill their vacancy at right guard. Vincent got a three-year contract worth $4.64 million that includes a $1.25 million signing bonus. A 16-game starter last season for the AFC North champion Steelers, Vincent will replace Bennie Anderson, a four-year starter Baltimore decided not to retain.

JETS: Quarterback Jay Fiedler received a five-year deal with $1.3 million guaranteed, including a $500,000 signing bonus, said his agent, Brian Levy. In five seasons with the Dolphins, Fiedler was 36-23 as a starter.

EAGLES: Free agent quarterback Mike McMahon signed a two-year deal and will compete with Koy Detmer for the backup job behind Donovan McNabb. McMahon threw for 1,709 yards, 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in four seasons with the Detroit Lions.

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