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FFL: McNair to Ravens

Originally Published: June 7, 2006
By Scott Engel | ESPN Fantasy Games
After 11 seasons, Steve McNair no longer will wear a Tennessee Titans uniform. Fantasy owners hope a trade to Baltimore can boost the numbers of the 33-year-old former NFL co-MVP. The deal might not affect McNair's value in a major way, but it certainly will have a notable impact on prominent players in Baltimore and Tennessee.

McNair will remain a starter with the Ravens, but Kyle Boller is expected to go back to the bench. Titans fans might want the Vince Young era to begin as soon as possible, but Billy Volek, who has flourished as a starter in the past, now sees a significant boost in value again. Baltimore's offense should improve overall with steady guidance from the quarterback position, and it's clear Tennessee has much promise at the skill positions.

McNair can still play well when he is healthy, but he battled various injuries in 2005 and there was speculation before last season that he might not return after offseason hip surgery. Although McNair does have an apparent high threshold for pain and still can post quality numbers when he isn't hurt, fantasy owners can't depend on him throughout a full schedule anymore. McNair missed two games last season and dealt with pectoral, ankle and back problems throughout the season.

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