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Brees seeks multiyear deal from Chargers

Drew Brees wants a little loyalty and commitment from the Chargers.

"I think the organization knows how I feel. I think I've made that known that I want to be here and I want a long-term contract," the Pro Bowl quarterback said Monday after the Chargers held their final team meeting.

"So really now, it kind of falls in their court. It's up to them to decide what they want to do."

Brees has reached the end of his four-year contract. The Associated Press reported the Chargers might put the franchise tag on him and offer him a one-year, $9-million contract.

Then they can trade him or let him compete for the starting job with Philip Rivers, whom they acquired in a draft-day trade to be their quarterback of the future in April.

The Chargers are expected to have $21-million available under the salary cap.

"I won't talk about our football business," general manager A.J. Smith said. "I haven't a clue right now. Three weeks from now, we'll huddle up and go over our players and options."

BROWNS: Interim coach Terry Robiskie met with owner Randy Lerner, president John Collins and general manager Phil Savage about the position that became open when Butch Davis resigned.

Robiskie is the fourth candidate interviewed, after New England defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Brad Childress and Pittsburgh offensive line coach Russ Grimm.

Former Dolphins interim coach and defensive coordinator Jim Bates and Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan are scheduled to be interviewed today.

Also, ESPN and Fox reported Savage is interesting in hiring 49ers director of player personnel Bill Rees. Rees worked with Savage in 1990 at UCLA, where Rees spent 15 years as an assistant and recruiting coordinator.

49ERS: Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis will interview for the coaching job today and Wednesday, respectively. Crennel interviewed Saturday.

Heimerdinger has been with Tennessee for five seasons, helping quarterback Steve McNair win a share of the MVP award last season. Lewis has been mentioned as a candidate for Syracuse's vacant job and he interviewed for the coaching job at Pitt, his alma mater, before Wannstedt was hired.

PACKERS: In the aftermath of the loss to Minnesota, the organization is bracing for change. The primary issue to be dealt with is whether Mike Sherman should keep both his head coach and general manager duties. Sherman was not available for comment and isn't expected to conduct his season-ending news conference until Wednesday or Thursday.

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