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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Titans' Fisher outlines key for 49ers' Jones


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

DANA POINT, Calif. -- It's not every morning you bump into Titans head coach Jeff Fisher at the breakfast table. When else was I going to ask him about 49ers receiver Brandon Jones, who left Tennessee for San Francisco this offseason?

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"We wanted Brandon back," Fisher said. "Brandon is one of my favorite players. He is very productive and a good practice player. It became more of a financial deal."

The Titans also wanted Steelers receiver Nate Washington. They signed Washington and let Jones depart for a five-year, $16.5 million deal with the 49ers.

What did Fisher like about Jones?

"His personality. He is just fun to be around," Fisher said. "He works hard. He takes coaching. He's just one of those guys you can tease with and joke around with, but you always knew he was going to do the best he could and work real hard."

Injuries were Jones' primary enemy in Tennessee. He suffered a torn ACL early in his career. He missed seven more games in 2007 before setting career highs with 41 receptions for 449 yards last season.

"He's not an injury-prone person," Fisher said. "It was freak injuries. But if he puts the injuries behind him and stacks a couple years together, he'll be very productive."