Drummond not Giving Up on Long-Term Contract

Kick returner Eddie Drummond didn't get the long-term contract he wanted, but he hasn't given up on getting it eventually.

(ALLEN PARK) -- Kick returner Eddie Drummond didn't get the long-term contract he wanted, but he hasn't given up on getting it eventually.

Drummond, who earned his first Pro Bowl selection last season when he scored four touchdowns -- two on punt returns and two on kickoff returns -- before suffering a season-ending injury on Thanksgiving Day, ended his holdout without the three- or four-year deal he and agent Drew Rosenhaus had sought.

Although Drummond said he has no animosity toward the Lions for standing fast on their demand that he sign their one-year tender offer for $1.43 million, he admitted he felt some disappointment in ending his holdout last week.

"To an extent I was (disappointed)," Drummond said, "but I know the Lions are good people and as soon as I get off to a good start this year we're going to work something out early.

"I'm just ready to be with the team right now, work with them and get better so we can go to the Super Bowl."

In three NFL seasons, Drummond has six touchdowns on returns, but he has missed extended periods of playing time because of injuries, including a broken shoulder blade suffered against Indianapolis last year.

It is believed the Lions want to see if he can stay healthy for a full season, but executive vice president Tom Lewand said the team eventually will discuss a long-term deal with Drummond.

If they do not reach an agreement, Drummond will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2005 season.

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