Among the most recognizable people on the sidelines during Saturday’s Crimson and Gray football scrimmage was former Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
Bledsoe, who led the New England Patriots into the playoffs last season in only his second year in the league, is renegotiating his contract with the Pats, who hope to sign him through 2002.
Bledsoe, who owns a home in the Pullman area and was back visiting family and friends, said he plans to return to Foxboro, Mass., this week but will not become directly involved in contract talks.
“It’s not big deal to me,” he said, adding that his agent, Leigh Steinberg, keeps him abreast of all contractual dealings. “I’m under contract. It’s only a big deal in that if we get it done, I’ll be there for another seven years for sure.”
In comparing Patriots coach Bill Parcels to WSU’s Mike Price, Bledsoe said, “They’re alike in some important ways. (Parcells) is a good coach and I’ve enjoyed playing for him. He’s just louder, basically.”
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