AFC South: Bryce Fisher
If Babineaux qualified as a giant move, the Titans would have acted sooner and avoided a $500,000 roster bonus paid to Chris Hope. Instead they got Babineaux Thursday for a one-year deal, dollars unknown.
If Babineaux gets to Tennessee and plays well enough to oust Hope from the lineup, I suppose it will have been worth the money to get to see Hope through camp and to get the time to find an alternative with a reasonable deal.
The Titans are going to be bigger in the front seven, so maybe they can afford to be more pass-oriented at safety, where Michael Griffin is definitely better as a free safety and Babineaux is too.
Maybe defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who coached Babineaux in Seattle, could make it work with two guys who are more free than strong. Maybe Griffin gets bumped to strong (which would not make him happy.) Maybe Hope stays put and Babineaux is merely depth.
We’ll be watching it play out to see.
Babineaux is known as “Big Play Babs” and you might remember him best for his tackle of Tony Romo short of the goal line after the Dallas quarterback botched the snap for an extra point in a playoff game in Seattle.
Even if the Titans are in outstanding cap shape, it’s hard to imagine they’d see Hope worth a scheduled $6.5 million base as he slows down. No matter how things unfold, they could ask him to take a reduction before the season opener.
Babineaux is no kid. He turns 29 at the end of the month, while Hope turns 31 in September. Seattle would have had Babineaux back, but is also content to go younger.
One side note: There is a feeling that the Titans have loaded up on players from the Seahawks since Mike Reinfeldt came from Seattle to be GM. They have not. I believe there have only been four: Bryce Fisher, Kelly Herndon, Matt Hasselbeck and now Babineaux. Also Ruston Webster and Lake Dawson in the front office.
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- Cut Tuesday, offensive lineman Charles Spencer was claimed off waivers by Carolina.
- Meghan Manfull believes Duane Brown will sign in time for camp.
- I exchanged e-mails this morning with Drew Rosenhaus and Bruce Tollner, and they confirmed their clients, Quinn Gray and Jared Lorenzen, respectively, have signed with the Colts. Indianapolis now has multiple alternatives to get through practices and the preseason for the duration of Peyton Manning's rehabilitation from knee surgery.
- The Colts went from one to eight in a day on draft pick contract agreements. Only sixth-round tight end Tom Santi's contract status was unknown Wednesday night, the Indianapolis Star reports. Indy reports to camp by 2 p.m. in Terre Haute, Ind. Though Peyton Manning won't be there, I'll be manning the parking lot, bringing you some quotes and color.
- Because of all their injuries, Tony Dungy plans to scale things back, especially early.
- Quentin Groves appears more likely to join the Jaguars on time than Derrick Harvey, according to the Florida Times-Union. Second rounders, generally, do sign before first rounders.
- Here is The Tennessean's take on Jason Jones' contract, Bryce Fisher's release and hopes for Chris Johnson to be in on time. (Here is my thinking on Jones and Fisher).
- According to Jim Wyatt, there's little progress on Albert Haynesworth's desire for an out tied to his franchise tender that would prohibit the Titans from tagging him again next year.
- Big Albert got a ticket for topping 100 mph in March, and appeared in court Wednesday. You can try to judge his weight and fitness, as well as his courtroom demeanor, in a video here.
Random leftover thought: The installation of lights on a Titans practice field means the team won't have to go to LP Field a couple times for late practice. While the Titans hardly have Pittsburgh's turf issues, Tennessee's grass has been a problem late in some seasons. Perhaps a little less wear and tear early will help.
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.