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Smith upset at coach, eyes future replacement

The relationship between A.J. Smith and Marty Schottenheimer continues to worsen – assuming it hasn't hit rock bottom already. The two disagreed on whether to re-sign Drew Brees and again on whether to put Donnie Edwards on the trading block. The latest point of conflict is Schottenheimer's decision to decline an offer for a contract extension.

As has been reported, Schottenheimer was offered a one-year, $4.5 million extension with a team option buy-out of $1 million for the 2008 season. He declined the extension, leaving him as a lame-duck coach and irritating Smith in the process. Smith has privately voiced his disapproval of Schottenheimer's decision. According to Smith, Schottenheimer will either merit a long-term extension with a...

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