Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Leftwich Talks: No End in Sight; Neither Side Says If Progress Is Being Made

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Leftwich Talks: No End in Sight; Neither Side Says If Progress Is Being Made

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Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer

Paul Vance, the Jaguars' chief negotiator, and Tom Condon, the agent for quarterback Byron Leftwich, agree on one thing:

They talk frequently.

"I talk to him every day," Vance said yesterday after the morning practice.

"We talk pretty much every day," Condon said in a phone interview.

As Leftwich's holdout reaches its 19th day today, that appears to be all they agree on as the talks don't appear to be doing much except run up their phone bills.

Condon, who was in Jacksonville for two days of meetings at the start of training camp, said he has no visits to Jacksonville scheduled and neither executive would discuss if there has been any progress in the talks.

"I wouldn't describe it," Condon said of the negotiations. "I don't think any public discussion is going to help."

Vance said: "We're continuing to work on it. What else can you do but work on it. What good does it do to speculate one way or the other?"

With camp closing a week from tomorrow, Leftwich will miss the entire camp if the two sides can't get together in the next few days. Condon declined to comment on whether missing camp would be a setback for Leftwich's progress as a quarterback.

Del Rio said last week that Leftwich wasn't far from the point where the holdout would diminish his ability to contribute year.

Vance declined to explain why his opening offer of a signing bonus was below $8 million, which is far below the slot for the seventh player picked in the draft. That figure was immediately leaked to the media, a signal that negotiations could become protracted.

"I'm not getting into the details about what offers have been made or not made," Vance said.

"I'm not getting into the details about what offers have been made or not made," Vance said.

Condon declined to comment on reports that he believes Leftwich should be paid a sum similar to what No. 1 pick Carson Palmer received from Cincinnati because he believes Leftwich is the best quarterback in the draft. Palmer received $14 million upfront in a deal that is worth at least $21. …

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