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Griese agent awaits word from Bucs

Jon Gruden returned to work Wednesday without knowing if Brian Griese will be his quarterback in 2005.

According to ESPN, the Bucs wanted to lock up Griese by the time the Bucs coach ended his vacation.

But Griese's agent, Ralph Cindrich, said he faxed a contract proposal to the hotel where general manager Bruce Allen is staying while scouting the East-West Shrine Game workouts.

Griese, who played for just $950,000 last season, is owed a $6-million roster bonus by March and a $2-million base salary under terms of his current deal.

"We'll know what they're thinking after Bruce gets back to me," Cindrich said. "But I don't think anything is going to happen that quick."

LIONS: Quarterback Joey Harrington isn't going anywhere, and former offensive coordinator Sherm Lewis retired on his own.

The Lions wanted to make that clear after Booth Newspapers reported they were considering releasing Harrington and Lewis had been forced out.

Asked if there was any chance Harrington would be cut, coach Steve Mariucci said, "I don't know of any scenario that would cause us to do that. He's with us."

Asked if there had been any discussion of releasing him, Mariucci said, "What? How? How can I best say this to you? Joey is our quarterback. Enough said."

Mariucci and Lions president Matt Millen called Harrington, who is in Oregon, to deny the report personally.

PACKERS: If quarterback Brett Favre retires next season, it might cause a changing of the guard in Green Bay.

Pro Bowl right guard Marco Rivera is heading into unrestricted free agency, and left guard Mike Wahle almost certainly will join him because of the $6-million roster bonus he's due in March.

"If Favre retires, I'm really going to have to look at the big picture," Rivera said. "If he's here, I definitely want to stay here. I want to retire with Brett, whenever that is."

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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