Former Georgia and current Denver running back Olandis Gary could be packing his bags at the end of the season. Gary recently turned down a contract extension similar to the four-year $10 million deal that Mike Anderson recently signed and will become a restricted free agent after the 2001 season. Denver would have the right to match another team's offer but since Terrell Davis, another Georgia product, and Anderson are locked up until 2006, that scenario is unlikely.
Gary is currently the third-string back behind Davis, the starter, and Anderson. Davis ran for 101 yards in the season opening win against the New York Giants while Gary touched the ball once on a 18 yard kickoff return.
"I definitely feel that I have the skills to be a No. 1 running back in this league," Gary said. "And I would love to be a Bronco for the rest of my career. This is a great city, great state, great fans, things like that. But I also want to marry a team. Right now, I just feel like I'm courting with them. But do I want to be here? Definitely."
Gary rushed for 1,159 yards in 12 games during 1999 season after filling in for the injured Davis. The performance was a team rookie rushing record which was eclipsed by Anderson's 1487 yards last season. Anderson only saw the field last year after Gary tore his ACL and Davis was hampered by nagging injuries.
Although his personal goals are not being satisfied, Gary remains a team player. His knee is close to being 100 percent.
"One thing I do know is that it's getting better every day," he said. "I guess there are always some good points about everything. Right now, I get a chance to rest it. You got lemons, you make lemonade. I did that last year, and I will do it again.
"It's a tough pill to swallow being the third-string running back, but you always have to find a bright spot."
Pro Dawgs Notes: Patriots first-round draft pick Richard Seymour is listed as questionable (leg) for this weekend but is expected to make his NFL debut....Steelers flanker Hines Ward's seven receptions during week 1 tied his personal high set in 1999 against the Bengals. "I like this offense, it's going to give me opportunities to make some plays. We're going to try to make first downs and still set you up for the long pass."....Speaking of Ward, Sports Illustrated made a note of the Steelers' recent re-signing of Ward to a four-year $9.5 million extension. SI suggested that Ward would have been worth $4 million a season to the expansion Houston Texans franchise.... Dallas QB Quincy Carter suffered a thumb injury last week by banging it on a defender's helmet last week. Carter is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers and only threw short passes on the sideline during Wednesday's practice. QC missed several games last season due to an injury to the same thumb. Former South Carolina QB Anthony Wright is expected to start unless Quincy can fully participate in practice today and tomorrow. "The main thing is getting the inflammation out," said Carter. "Once that happens, I'll get some better movement. But as long as it's stiff like that without any movement, it'd be hard to grip a football."....Cowboys rookie defensive end Demetric Evans should get increased playing time along with former Georgia signee Peppi Zellner during the next two months due to starter Ebenezer Ekuban's back surgery....The Falcons released rookie tight end Jevaris Johnson from their practice squad last week. Johnson is still not fully recovered from a torn ACL suffered against Tech in the season finale.