On idea Titans had to outmaneuver Lions

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sure, the Detroit Lions have some quality players on their roster.

Calvin Johnson is spectacular, Ndamukong Suh is intimidating and Matthew Stafford has a great arm.

Those guys have huge contracts, however, which means Detroit is a salary-cap challenged team.

I understand the Lions' roster is better, but when coaches have multiple suitors, since when do they choose teams based on the roster?

Relationships, personalities, power, facilities, geography and a lot of other things can factor in.

I asked general manager Ruston Webster on The Midday 180 Wednesday about why the prevailing assumption is that the Titans had to outmaneuver the Lions as opposed to the other way around.

"I don't quite understand it," Webster said before changing course. "I do understand it, I know where they are coming from with it. But I think people are probably taking it a little bit too far. And really we have a lot to offer here in Tennessee and here in Nashville especially. That's a big part of it.

"A lot of times with somebody part of it is a connection. Ken had a connection here [and] his wife is from Atlanta. That does play into decisions that we all make. So I think there was probably more to it than what people might have realized. They looked at it strictly from a football standpoint. And football was a big part of it, but there were other things as well."

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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