What Titans' moves mean for Rams

January, 18, 2012
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The likelihood of the St. Louis Rams hiring Ruston Webster or Lake Dawson from the Tennessee Titans diminished Wednesday.

The Titans promoted Webster to general manager and Dawson to vice president of player personnel. Those moves suggest both men are likely to stay with the organization.

Under NFL rules, the Titans could deny other teams permission to speak with "high-level club employees" (presidents, GMs and persons with equivalent responsibilities and authority). The Rams could conceivably come after Dawson, but I would take the Titans' moves to suggest all parties plan to move forward under terms outlined in the announcement.

Tennessee also promoted Mike Reinfeldt from GM to senior executive vice president/chief operating officer. These moves come off as a concerted effort to keep the Titans' management team together.

Dawson interviewed with the Rams for their GM opening. Webster was also considered a candidate. Both worked with new Rams coach Jeff Fisher in Tennessee.

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