Maddox meets with Cowher, leaves without speaking

Tommy Maddox met with Steelers head coach Bill Cowher behind closed doors Tuesday, three days after the team selected quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the first round of the NFL draft.

But Maddox, the Steelers' starting quarterback the past two seasons, left the team's practice complex without speaking to reporters.

Maddox initially planned to talk to Cowher on Monday, but told his agent he was too upset to meet then. Maddox's agent told several media outlets the quarterback was led to believe the Steelers would select a right tackle – presumably Shawn Andrews – in the first round of the draft.

Apparently, Maddox failed to believe any of the pre-draft information being floated that the Steelers were extremely interested in North Carolina State QB Phillip Rivers.

With the Steelers already close to the NFL's salary cap and Roethlisberger set to get a contract with a $6 to $7 million signing bonus, it is also unlikely the Steelers will re-work Maddox's contract as he wanted.

Maddox is scheduled to earn $750,000 base salaries in each of the next two seasons and $1 million in 2006.

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