Seau retires; Leinart, Cardinals finally reach terms on contract

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Clinton Portis will miss the rest of the preseason and perhaps more. Junior Seau is done altogether.

And Matt Leinart finally is getting started.

Portis, who set a Redskins record with 1,516 yards rushing last season, partially dislocated his left shoulder making a tackle in an exhibition game Sunday. Coach Joe Gibbs said Portis' shoulder was sore and he would begin rehabilitation once the soreness abates.

"We would hope that he would be ready for the opener," Gibbs said Monday.

The 37-year-old Seau retired from the NFL after 13 seasons as the live-wire leader of his hometown San Diego Chargers and three less-productive years with the Miami Dolphins.

Seau celebrated practically every tackle and sack with a trademark fist pump during a career in which he established himself as one of the NFL's greatest linebackers, making 12 Pro Bowls.

Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner from Southern California, agreed to terms on a six-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night that can bring the rookie up to $51 million.

Leinart, expected to begin training camp Tuesday after a two-week absence, will be guaranteed $14 million, said agent Tom Condon.

Running back Lee Suggs is headed to the New York Jets. Preparing for the possibility of life without Curtis Martin, the Jets acquired Suggs on Monday from the Cleveland Browns for defensive back Derrick Strait.

-- The Associated Press

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