Almost all hands on deck

The Giants started their 2002 off-season workout program on Monday with almost perfect attendance, and all eyes on Tiki Barber and Michael Strahan. Jim Fassel said he was, "excited to see a lot of our players back."

While that excluded the injured Ike Hilliard (toe) and Dusty Zeigler (knee), it included Strahan and Barber, who have been at the center of New York's off-season controversy.

On Monday Strahan, who had previously questioned the Giants desire to win, addressed the media and said that he was ready to go for the season and that his unhappiness with his contract status will not affect his preparation, practice or play for the upcoming season.

Barber, who publicly answered Strahan's outburst by criticizing the record-breaking DE for being greedy and selfish, took the high road Monday, saying, "It's not important; it's behind me. The only thing I care about is winning championships."

Previous erroneous reports had Strahan and Barber talking and making peace with one another. According to Barber, that's not the case. He said that both players aired out their feelings, and didn't exactly end the 90-minute phone call on the best of terms. "Hey, it is what it is," Barber stated. "We both have our ideas about things, and obviously we really don't agree."

In other news, newly-signed Shaun Williams is expected to be on hand at Giants Stadium Tuesday…

Jason Sehorn was at Giants Stadium Monday, but can't do a lot of work due to off-season surgery…

Kerry Collins said he's fine with the fact that it appears that he'll have to play out the final year of his contract before receiving an extension…

Joe Jurevicius is asking the Giants for a three-year deal worth $5 million. The club is not planning to spend nearly that much to retain Jurevicius.


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