Titans reach deal with second-round pick

July, 23, 2008
7/23/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Titans have agreed to terms on a contract with second-round pick Jason Jones, a defensive tackle out of Eastern Michigan. The four-year deal includes $1.505 million guaranteed and rookie minimum salaries, according to The (Nashville) Tennessean.

While able to play end, Jones is expected to get the majority of his work inside.

Along with the move, the team continued to trim its roster by releasing veteran defensive end Bryce Fisher. The Titans sent a sixth-round pick to Seattle last year in exchange for Fisher, who was under contract through 2008 while guys who ranked ahead of him -- Travis LaBoy and Antwan Odom -- were in position to move on as free agents after 2007. They expected the veteran would serve as an insurance policy on the line, but he played little and made no impact.

It would be easy to say Tennessee wasted a pick in trading for Fisher, but the logic made sense. Now, the Titans clearly feel comfortable with Jevon Kearse and fourth-rounder William Hayes. Fisher might find a better opportunity elsewhere.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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