Adams has plans to be with Titans for draft

April, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Ownership's presence on draft weekend is no story in Houston, Indianapolis or Jacksonville.

But it's a rarity in Tennessee.

Bud Adams is an-out-of-town owner, still based in his team's original home city of Houston while the Titans operate out of Nashville. But Adams has a trip planned and is expected to be at team headquarters Saturday for the draft.

Adams has not been a meddlesome owner in personnel matters since the franchise relocated to Tennessee after the 1996 season. His one major thumbprint on football decisions came in 2006, when he prompted his people to take Texans quarterback Vince Young third, over Matt Leinart or Jay Cutler.

I don't expect Adams will do much more than ask to be informed and nod approval as Mike Reinfeldt and Jeff Fisher make decisions following the draft board the team has set.

His wife, Nancy, passed away on Feb. 1, and Adams had often skipped trips in recent years to remain by her side as she was less and less able to travel.

If he makes the scheduled trip, Adams will surely get some time with his grandson, Kenneth Adams. Only a few years removed from college, Kenneth Adams serves as executive assistant to the highest ranking member of the Nashville front office, Steve Underwood, but will be made a vice president in coming years and is ultimately in line to own the team.

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