A year later, Titans look pretty smart on LaBoy

April, 29, 2009
4/29/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Travis LaBoy collected $8 million in 13 months as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, who cut him Tuesday.

 
  AP Photo/J.D. Pooley
  Former Titan Travis LaBoy was cut by the Cardinals after just one season with the club.

The return on that investment: Thirteen games, 38 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

There wasn't a huge uproar in Nashville when the Titans didn't try to retain LaBoy when he hit unrestricted free agency last year. LaBoy had produced well in 2007 in a sort of platoon arrangement with Antwan Odom -- in 13 games he had six sacks and an interception.

Still, some fans used the fact that the Titans allowed both LaBoy and Odom (who jumped to Cincinnati) to walk in free agency as an example of the franchise's unwillingness to write big checks.

I've maintained they're willing to write big checks, just for a narrower group of players than fans might like.

So a year later, it's pretty clear who had the better read on LaBoy, who's tendency to get hurt was one of the reasons the Cardinals pulled the plug on him. The Titans reached the same conclusion, just $8 million earlier.

The question that will inevitably arrive in my mailbag is, would the Titans want LaBoy back?

With a few recent exceptions, the team doesn't circle back to old guys. They would have the same injury concerns with him. But being a year away from potentially losing Kyle Vanden Bosch, Jevon Kearse or Dave Ball in free agency, the Titans could use some long-term depth. If they even considered LaBoy, though, it would be only at bargain basement prices.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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