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These are not happy times for New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan.

If you follow pro football, you may already know that Strahan is holding out from the Giants' training camp in Albany looking for a new contract and has been making noises about possibly retiring.  Such talk is likely to give coach Tom Coughlin a rash after dealing with the distractions of Tiki Barber's lame duck status after the running back made a similar announcement last year.

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However, this situation -- as bad as it is for the Giants -- seems to be a whole lot worse for Strahan.

For starters, the New York Daily News is reporting that Strahan's Baltimore-area agent Tony Agnone did a little fishing in the offseason trying to determine the market for his client.  In short, the paper reported that there was some interest but the response was not entirely overwhelming.

Consider: Strahan is 35 years old and has played in just about half of New York's games over the past three years, including just nine in 2006 (foot injury).

For a pass rushing specialist whose value is in his speed and quickness, that'll scare off a lot of would-be employers.

Plus earlier this year, Strahan got smacked with the mother of all divorce settlements -- a reported $15.3 million. And then there's $18,000 a month in child support and school tuition for the next 20 or so years for his twin daughters.  Even for a bread-winner like Strahan, that's a lot of pumpernickel.  He's scheduled to make $4 million this year but nibbling away at that is a $14,288 a day fine for being out of camp.

Obviously, Strahan's engaging way will certainly land him a small-screen gig after his playing days -- which are obviously numbered -- but the shelf life of a television personalty can be even shorter than an NFL career.  For every Tom Jackson or Cris Collingsworth, there are dozens of guys scrambling to parlay an NFL career into a livelihood in front of a camera.

Photo credit: Bill Kostroun/AP

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