Giants owner says Simms is staying


NEW YORK -- If New York Giants owner Wellington Mara is to be believed -- and the tone of his remarks yesterday suggested he should be -- then Phil Simms will not be traded this season to San Diego or any other team that finds itself in desperate need of a quick-fix quarterback.

Mara stormed into the press room at FDU-Madison in the afternoon and shot down rumors that Simms could be sent to the Chargers, who lost starter John Friesz to a knee injury in an exhibition game last Saturday night.

"I just heard a report that Phil Simms is on his way to San Diego," Mara said in a booming voice. "Let me say this as unequivocally as I can. Phil Simms is not being traded this year, last year or in the 20th century, to San Diego or anywhere else. Period, OK?"

After declaring Simms a Giant for life, Mara left as quickly as he arrived.

When told of Mara's remarks, San Diego general manager Bobby Beathard said: "I'm not surprised. I don't blame them."

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