Phoenix Cardinals quarterback Neil Lomax, an eight-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowl player, is not overly concerned with his slow start this preseason.

Lomax has completed just two of 10 passes for 20 yards in a 21-7 loss Aug. 4 at Seattle in the Cardinals' exhibition opener. Last Friday night in Tempe, Lomax got off to a slow start before hitting eight of 16 passes for 110 yards in his half of work.Cliff Stoudt came on in the second half to complete 11 of 17 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns, but the New Orleans Saints still beat Phoenix 33-28

"Yeah, I think that's our game plan. I go out there and throw four or five incompletions, then Cliff brings us back," Lomax said. "I'm working for the (regular-season) opener (Sept. 4 at Cincinnati). But still, when I'm out there, I have to perform."

Holding out

The Seattle Seahawks have tried to trade holdout defensive end Jeff Bryant, but haven't been successful because of Bryant's salary demands, president Mike McCormack said.

"I've tried trading him, but other teams won't pay him what I've already offered," McCormack said.

Bryant, a six-year veteran from Clemson who was Seattle's first-round draft choice in 1982, reportedly is seeking $750,000 a year. The Seahawks reportedly have offered him about $500,000 a year. He made a reported $450,000 last season.

Signing up

Linebacker Duane Bickett has signed a contract extension with the Indianapolis Colts that will put him in the "upper echelon of defensive players in the league," General Manager Jim Irsay said.

Terms of the deal were not announced, although Irsay said the contract will run through the 1992 season.

A veteran punter for three National Football League teams, Jeff Gossett, was obtained by the Los Angeles Raiders, who also released veteran offensive lineman Brad Budde.

The Raiders said they obtained Gossett from the Houston Oilers in exchange for previous considerations.

Around the camps

Veteran quarterback Steve Fuller has left the San Diego Chargers training camp to consider whether he wants to stay with the team or seek employment elsewhere, Coach Al Saunders said.

Fuller, an eight-year veteran, missed practices Monday and Tuesday for personal reasons, team officials said.

The Chargers are still seeking a replacement for retired quarterback Dan Fouts.