Friday, September 11, 2009
Titans can now sign veteran without guarantee
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
PITTSBURGH -- One important note about Friday from the perspective of the Titans.
If there is a veteran player they are interested in adding, they get a jump on the rest of the league at being able to add him without big financial risk.
Vested veterans on a roster Week 1 see their salary for the entire season guaranteed. But starting the day after a team's first game, there is no such guarantee.
Tennessee and Pittsburgh can sign a veteran Friday or Saturday and will only be on the hook for his contract week by week. That added flexibility then makes that player more cutable later.
The rest of the league won't be in a similar position until Monday or Tuesday.
So if the Titans wanted, for example, to add receiver Matt Jones now, they can do so with no real financial risk. If it didn’t work out or if they decided later that Dominique Edison and Lavelle Hawkins provide sufficient depth at receiver, they could cut Jones and not have to pay him any further.