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DON'T EXPECT STEWART TO WORRY

Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart has endured enough benchings and booings in six National Football League seasons to know a legitimate threat to his job security when he sees it.

The Steelers' recent acquisition of Tommy Maddox, the Player of the Year of the short-lived XFL, doesn't apply.

After losing his starting job to Kent Graham last year and regaining it in October, Stewart took no offense last week when the Steelers signed Maddox, who led the Los Angeles Xtreme to the XFL championship this spring.

"I'm not concerned in any way, shape, size or form," Stewart said. "There's no reason for me to look over my shoulder about anything."

The Steelers began the 2000 season with Graham as their starting quarterback. When he suffered an injury after an 0-3 start, Stewart came off the bench and led Pittsburgh to a 24-13 upset over Jacksonville and a 20-3 win over the New York Jets. The job was again his.

Stewart finished the season with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and ranked 14th among AFC quarterbacks in passing.

Stewart watched an XFL game or two on television and saw enough to conclude that Maddox might be able to contribute in Pittsburgh.

"Tommy's been playing for a long time, and you can't take anything away from him," Stewart said. "Doug Flutie came here from Canada and made a name for himself and did a great job. It's still football."

Still, the Steelers made it clear upon signing Maddox that he'll join Graham and Tee Martin in competition for two backup spots behind Stewart.

Stewart should take less of a pounding this year now that the Steelers will leave the Three Rivers Stadium artificial turf for natural grass at Heinz Field. He should also benefit from the continued development of young wide receivers Plaxico Burress, Hines Ward and Troy Edwards.

"This could be a breakout year for him," said Jack Ham, a former Steelers linebacker and Hall of Famer. "I don't think Kordell is going to worry about Tommy Maddox, because it's Kordell's job."

Maddox, 29, has been a bigger disappointment than Stewart. After going to Denver in the first round of the 1992 NFL draft, he bounced from the Los Angeles Rams to the New York Giants before being released by Atlanta during training camp in 1997.

Bills sign draft pick

The Buffalo Bills have three of their 12 draft picks left to sign after agreeing to a deal with tackle Jonas Jennings.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Jennings, a three-year starter at Georgia with experience at all three offensive line positions, was the Bills' second of two third-round picks, chosen 95th overall in April's draft.

Still unsigned are Buffalo's top-three selections, including first-rounder Nate Clements.

Glenn settles lawsuit

SAUGUS, Mass. -- Four days before a scheduled trial, Patriots receiver Terry Glenn settled a lawsuit brought by a woman who said he groped her outside a nightclub in 1999, the Boston Globe reported.

Felicia Jones, 30, filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court shortly after the Nov. 24 incident, alleging Glenn touched her inappropriately twice after he tried to get into her limousine, saying he thought it was his. Her suit alleged civil battery and emotional distress.

Bears sign two Bucs

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with cornerback Floyd Young and offensive lineman Kevin Dogins of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Young, played in 36 games as a reserve in four seasons for the Bucs.

Dogins started in nine games at left guard over the past five seasons for Tampa Bay. He was active for one game in 2000, but did not play.

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