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Reports: Giants meeting with Rice

For me, the most interesting note to come out of the first full day of training camp had nothing to do with the action on the field.

It had to do, of course, with the Michael Strahan situation.

As I mentioned Friday, if Strahan is serious about retiring one option to replace him is free agent Simeon Rice. According to Newsday's Ralph Vacchiano, the Giants are looking into doing just that, and Rice will be visiting the Giants on Monday.

GM Jerry Reese is, seemingly, playing hardball with Strahan. He has a contract worth $4 million, and Reese seems to be daring him to walk away from it.

What make the Rice flirtation even more interesting is that Rice and Strahan do not like each other. It has to burn Strahan that the Giants would consider replacing him with Rice, who said last year "Year in and year out, Michael Strahan is a great player. But he's still not me."

There are several theories on the Strahan situation.

Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger thinks he is pulling a Tiki and simply drawing attention to himself to set up a post-football TV career.

Vacchiano believes Strahan is serious about walking away.

Giants players seem to think he will be back.

I don't know what to think, other than I believe strongly that there is no way the Giants should cave in to any of Strahan's demands. Let him get on the field and show the Giants he can stay healthy and play at a high level. Then, if he wants to play after that, you figure it out.

But, you can't give him more money now. That would be foolish, and Reese seems to get that.