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NFL BOOTLEG: Gruden says he won't trade Sapp

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(St. Petersburg Times) Sources tell Bootleg that Jon Gruden's striking resemblance to the bad guy in the Nicholas Cage vehicle Valley Girl will have nothing to do with whether or not the Bucs trade Warren Sapp. In a related matter, Gruden is denying that his team has any plans to deal Sapp. "We'd have to get a country or a small continent," Gruden said. "I know a little bit about compensation. And there isn't enough compensation out there to give up Warren Sapp." Nevertheless, speculation has it that the Bucs would like to replenish their draft-pick kitty by pawning off their All-Pro D-lineman. In ponying up for Gruden, TB sent four high picks and $8 million in jack to the Raiders. When asked whether his physical similarities to any number of celluloid high-school bullies troubled him, Gruden shared a knowing laugh with his cabal of golf-shirt-wearing jock buddies, stuffed me in a nearby trash-can — breaking my glasses in the process — and sped off in his high-end convertible with the alluring, preppy temptress who, I steadfastly believe, would be with me were it not for societal pressures and our disparate stations in life. And that jerk Gruden. But in other Bucs news, Gruden says the team is going to do everything possible to keep fullback Mike Alstott in tow. "There's a place for Mike Alstott," Grudo said. "He's a tough, hard-nosed football player. He can play in single-back stuff. He's a force in short yardage and goal line. He can handle the ball as a receiver." Alstott has two years left on his contract. He's scheduled to make between $4-6 million over those two seasons. Despite Gruden' public optimism, the cap looms and could muck up attempts to retain Alstott. "There are certain economic situations you have to address," Gruden allows. Distillery
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