AFC South: Drew Rosenhaus
But it’s the one LenDale White’s chosen.
The restricted free agent who would cost another team a second-round pick if he signed an offer sheet the Titans didn’t match wants out. To his credit he was polite about it when he spoke to Jim Wyatt Friday.
“I did good with it for a year, I didn’t complain. I backed up greatness, a guy who ran for 2,000 yards. But now that that’s over I feel like … it is time for me to start somewhere. And that is what I want to do. I want to be a starter in the NFL, not a backup."
“I would definitely be interested in a trade. I don’t know where, or how (the Titans) might view that, but that is what I am hoping for. I can’t see me sitting in Tennessee as a backup anymore. And that goes as no disrespect to the Titans or [Chris Johnson], but I feel like it is time for me to get out of there. … Sometimes it is just best to part ways.’’
White is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, who’s sure to try to get involved if the Titans will let him find a trade partner.
I’ve said all along White’s status will be one of the divisions more interesting offseason storylines.
Earlier this week, as I talked to some people in Houston behind the scenes for this column on Steve Slaton, I got the sense the Texans won’t be among any interested teams.
And word out of San Diego is that character issues the Chargers had with White when he was drafted remain a concern for them that will keep them from considering him, though he’s been a solid citizen in Nashville.
Jeff Fisher, who's been complimentary of White's work ethic since he dropped weight last offseason, gave Wyatt a dig in reply to White's comments:
"I don’t blame any player for wanting to play and wanting more play-time. But in his case actions speak louder than words. And I have no further comment."
That means his tender is for a one-year deal worth nearly $4.9 million.
The question, first raised by Brian Carrico on my Facebook page is: Why would the Titans only put a first-round tender on Scaife with that money when they could have put a first- and third-round designation on him at the same price.
With the tender he got, if he signs an offer sheet with another team, the Titans would have the right to match it, or get a first-rounder in exchange for allowing him to go. For the same price, they could have made it a first- and third-round pick.
So why didn’t they?
I come up with three answers:
- A first-round pick on a guy who will be looking for more that $5 million probably seemed like a sufficient deterrent.
- If you put a first and a third on him, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, could use that valuation in any negotiations on a long-term deal.
- While I doubt Scaife will be pursued by another team, putting only a first-rounder on him might send a signal that if you’re willing to part with a second-rounder for him in a trade, the Titans would answer the phone to discuss it.
Dunta Robinson had a lot of nice things to say about Houston in an e-mail to John McClain.
Mario Williams will participate in a USO tour.
Owen Daniels skipping training camp would accomplish little, says Alan Burge.
What the Texans are scouting at the combine, from McClain.
A thank you note to Robinson from Lance Zierlein.
Robinson’s not worth the money, says Stephanie Stradley.
Gary Brackett won’t be getting a franchise tag, according to the AP.
Phillip B. Wilson looks at a revision of the 2009 draft.
John Oehser on the combine and Darren Sproles.
Oehser’s position-by-position review gets to centers.
Why do people dismiss Joseph Addai? Deshawn Zombie examines the question.
A petition pushing the Jaguars to draft Tim Tebow. I don’t believe it’s going to happen, and my question for everyone who says it will solve their ticket sale issues is this: How long do those people buy tickets if he’s not good? (Thanks to Stampede Blue for the link.)
At the combine, the Jaguars' top interest will be the top pass-rushers, says Michael C. Wright.
Recent thoughts from Jack Del Rio on David Garrard, in case you missed this Wednesday evening.
Drew Rosenhaus is mum about his Titans free-agents to be, says Terry McCormick.
Joe Biddle contemplates the Titans in free agency.
Jeremy Cain and the Titans settled a compensation claim, says McCormick.
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Tight end James Casey will work at fullback too, now that Boomer Grigsby is out up to six weeks with a badly sprained ankle, says John McClain.
Frank Okam and DelJuan Robinson are getting the right number of snaps to be effective, say McClain and Anna-Megan Raley.
Rex Grossman could miss more than a month with a hamstring injury and the Texans may bring back Alex Brink.
Matt Schaub's health will key the Texans' season, writes Alex Marvez.
Battledredblog.com assesses Texans' injuries.
Via @RosenhausSports on Twitter, Drew Rosenhaus said Dominique Barber is a first team safety now: "Congrats to Texans safety Dom Barber who was recently promoted to the 1st team. Dom is the proto-type NFL strong safety."
A look at the Colts' lingering issues from Mike Chappell.
It's too early to write off Tony Ugoh, says John Oehser. I agree, and it's not like the team has a ton of alternatives.
Just how explosive is Maurice Jones-Drew?
Five Jaguars to watch Monday night against Miami.
Atiyyah Ellison is emerging on the interior defensive line, writes Michael C. Wright.
Five things to know about the Jaguars, from Pete Prisco.
Five Jags won't play Monday night.
Torry Holt's been working with young receivers in the background, says Prisco.
Bigcatcountry.com predicts the final 53.
Vince Young won't start in Dallas but could play more with the first team, says Jim Wyatt.
Bud Adams is more visible, but Jeff Fisher is in control, says David Climer.
The Titans are about to see some 3-4 defenses, say Jim Wyatt and Gary Estwick.
Ken Amato's an important specialist, says Terry McCormick.
It's unclear how serious the injury suffered this morning by Texans center Chris Myers is, and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, didn't immediately return an e-mail.
But coach Gary Kubiak didn't sound happy about the practice in which Myers got hurt.
"He got rolled up," Kubiak said according to the team's transcript. "We were pretty sloppy this morning as a team, and we were on the play and the back got pushed into him and he got rolled up. So we'll sit here and hope for the best, go get a look at it."
More from Kubiak:
On that being a part of camp but still hating it: "Oh, absolutely. You come out here every day and you want every guy healthy. The key to staying healthy is keeping people off the ground and practicing fast, and we didn't do that today. We were sloppy as a football team."
On what in particular was sloppy in practice: "Everything was. We weren't very good today, not very good. We didn't get better today."
On another injury, to cornerback Jacques Reeves: "I don't know, either, with him. He got tied up there in a pass route. We'll send him in and do an X-ray. We'll see. I'll have an answer for you guys this afternoon."
The Chronicle's camp insider has a picture that makes it appear Reeves hurt his right leg or foot.
We'll bring you more as we hear it.
A recent tweet from Drew Rosenhaus:
"I'm proud to announce that we have signed Titans' Franchise player Bo Scaife as a client. We hope to sign him to a long term deal in 2010."
Terry McCormick fleshes out the story here.
More power to Rosenhaus in his efforts, though talks on a long-term deal cannot resume until after the Titans-Seahawks game is over on Jan. 3, 2010.
I was surprised when the Titans franchised Scaife, but think it was the prudent move given their need for him and their cap room. I don't think the Titans and Rosenhaus will ultimately agree on his value, and I suspect if Jared Cook shows what the team wants in his rookie season, they'll be comfortable moving forward with him as their primary pass-catching tight end after this season.
Scaife's productive, accountable and a great locker room guy, however. And those things aren't always as reasonably priced as the Titans like.
ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton just pointed me to this Tweet from Drew Rosenhaus:
Orlovsky got a three-year deal worth $8.5 million, which drove up the price for other No. 2 quarterbacks such as Chris Simms in Denver.
So I'd expect Grossman to be a third quarterback looking to impress the Texans enough to stick and be able to take on a bigger role if Schaub or Orlovsky gets hurt. Or Grossman could build his résumé for a chance elsewhere after camp.
Grossman does have one thing Schaub and Orlovsky do not -- a Super Bowl appearance.
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Brooke Bentley has video of a recent talk delivered by Gary Kubiak, complete with a story about how he lost a year of college eligibility over two plays.
Late on this one: Vito Stellino says ticket sales in Jacksonville are slow.
Gene Frenette considers the state of the Jaguars in 2019.
Cole Pepper blogs about what blackouts would mean.
David Climer doesn't like the idea of games overseas.
The Fifth Down Blog checks in with the musical stylings of Kerry Collins.
Michael Lombardi isn't buying the Texans as a playoff team.
Bob McNair talks about what's going on with the pension plan, from John McClain.
A roster review from Alan Burge.
Marvin Harrison still wants to play, according to agent Tom Condon, reports Steve Wyche.
A breakdown of the receivers, from John Oehser.
Oehser takes a couple questions.
Fili Moala says he can do the same things as smaller defensive tackles, writes Oehser on the team's Web site.
Nate Washington will take some time to fully integrate, writes Jim Wyatt.
Keith Bulluck isn't going to push for a new contract right now, writes Jim Wyatt. If more agents talked the way Gary Wichard does here, agents wouldn't be so unpopular. Applause.
Sticking with the agent theme: Wyatt blogs that Drew Rosenhaus recently had a Twitter message about one of his clients, Titans middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch. But Rosenhaus spelled it Tullock. Boos.
Mike Heimerdinger is building the passing offense slowly, says Joe Biddle.
LenDale White wants to swap uniform number 25 to 21, says Terry McCormick.
The rumor's gathering steam. I'm here to help dismiss it.
If Terrell Owens and Drew Rosenhaus were, in fact, spotted in the Nashville airport, then they had a layover or they are visiting friends in Music City.
Several insiders are saying the Titans have no interest in Owens, as we indicated on Thursday.
Owens to Tennessee makes sense if you look speedily through the league for receiver-needy franchises with strong head coaches who can manage a difficult player and personality.
But it's not that simple, and this run-first team is not in the market for a receiver with the price tag, reputation and drama Owens would bring along with his ability to make the acrobatic catch (and the disappointing drop).
I know Herm Edwards likes the match and I know the airport sighting is sexy.
I also know the Titans aren't interested.