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Phillips, CFL's Montreal Alouettes Agree to Contract

Deal Hinges on Troubled RB Getting Clearance to Enter Canada

.c The Associated Press

MONTREAL (May 28) -- Lawrence Phillips is getting another chance to resume his troubled football career -- with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

But he still needs clearance to enter Canada because he has a criminal record in the United States.

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said Tuesday he has reached agreement with the 27-year-old running back. But Popp said the deal won't be signed until Phillips receives permission from Canadian immigration.

"It's strictly in the hands of Lawrence Phillips and immigration,'' Popp said. "If they give him a work permit, we'll be happy to bring him to camp.''

Andy Silverman, Phillips's agent, said he hopes his client will get the permit this week and be in camp when it opens on Saturday.

"It's governments working together and once they get the paperwork, I think the process can be done quickly,'' Silverman said.

Phillips' legal problems began at Nebraska when he pleaded no contest to domestic violence.

Despite that, he was taken sixth overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 1996 NFL Draft. He gained 623 yards and averaged 3.3 yards per carry as a rookie. But he was released in his second season after 19 months marked by three arrests and 23 days in jail for violating his probation after a drunken-driving arrest in California.

Phillips signed with the Miami Dolphins later in the '97 season, but was released after pleading no contest to hitting a woman in a nightclub.

Phillips resumed his career in 1999 with NFL Europe's Barcelona Dragons. He ran for 1,021 yards and scored 14 touchdowns and was named the league's best offensive player. He then signed with the San Francisco 49ers, but was released during the '99 season for missing practice.

Last year he signed with the Florida Bobcats of the Arena League but left camp soon afterward.

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While were at it we can trade LaVar for Terry Glenn. Then we can sign Demetrius Underwood. Next trade the Seahawks for Leaf. Ohhh yeah and we can hire Carl Everette and John Rocker from baseball, use them as strength and conditioning coaches. While were at it we can sign the ex-convict of THE REPLACEMENTS. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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Lawrence Phillips is one great big loser. Seldom has one done so little with so much. He could start at RB for the All-Loser Team, which would include:

Ryan Leaf - QB

Todd Marinovich - back-up QB

Brian Bosworth - LB

Desmond Howard - WR (he may be a fine ST player but he wasn't drafted for STs, thus he belongs)

Tony Mandarich - OL

Who else? Help me out here.

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Bosworth and Howard at least have had some decent success on the field, before Bosworth was injured. Howard's been a good PR/KR, although he's certainly failed to live up to his top 4 pick/Heisman winner billing.

But yeah, Lawrence Phillips has no reason not to be doing what Stephen Davis, Anthony Thomas and Shaun Alexander are currently doing in the NFL except that he's such a bonehead and a bad guy.

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