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Colts Trade Unhappy Chandler to Buccaneers

Quarterback Chris Chandler was traded by the Indianapolis Colts to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, a week after he sued the Colts for breach of contract.

Terms of the trade were not immediately released. Colt officials said the deal was contingent upon Chandler reporting to camp at Tampa and passing a physical.

Chandler had reported to the Colts’ camp at Anderson University July 19 but left the next day after taking a physical. The Colts’ starting quarterback last season, Chandler had been unhappy since the Colts ended talks over renegotiating a three-year contract he signed as a third-round draft pick in 1988. Those negotiations ended after the Colts signed Jeff George, the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick, to a $15-million contract.

Chandler was scheduled to receive a $195,000 salary this year. He filed suit in Marion Superior Court last week over a $50,000 bonus he said was owed him for off-season workouts. The Colts maintain he did not complete the workouts satisfactorily.

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