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    Prophet Guest

    Re: Titans shut the door on McNair

    Titans | Cook says Titans need to decide on McNair
    Tue, 6 Jun 2006 16:12:12 -0700

    Teresa M. Walker, of the Associated Press, reports agent Bus Cook said Tuesday, June 6, it's time the Tennessee Titans do something with QB Steve McNair. "Keep him under the contract he has, trade him, cut him or start trying to get a new deal done with the starting point being what's on the table from the Ravens," agent Cook said. "They don't want to do any of those things. You can't have your cake and eat it, too." Titans' general manager Floyd Reese declined to respond to Cook's comments and has said the goal is to keep McNair in Tennessee. Head coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday morning that he expected McNair could take the physical by Thursday, June 8, if he's in town, and hoped that Reese and Cook could work something out while that happens. Titans' owner Bud Adams recalled how McNair took them to a Super Bowl, but he also said McNair is getting older. "I think they need to get his salary down. That's what we asked him to do, if he'd cut his salary down," Adams said. Cook said he has not talked with Reese and wasn't sure a meeting would help resolve the situation.

    Titans | McNair claims he passed his exit physical
    Tue, 6 Jun 2006 08:34:37 -0700

    Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair is quoted by arbitrator John Feerick as saying he passed his exit physical at the end of the 2005 season. In his ruling, Feerick wrote, "McNair testified that at his postseason physical, which included a review of all his past injuries, none of the medical personnel present said that he needed any treatment during the course of the postseason. He said that they 'checked me out and checked me okay, and everything was fine.'" The Titans claim he failed his physical, which is why he must pass one before he can work out with the team this offseason. General manager Floyd Reese said, "I don't think anything is unusual or unique. He has to come in first. We don't know when he is going to come in."

    Ravens | Wycheck offers his opinion about McNair
    Mon, 5 Jun 2006 14:36:16 -0700

    Aaron Wilson, of the Carroll County Times, reports former Tennessee Titans TE Frank Wycheck has offered up his opinion on Titans' QB Steve McNair's situation, and he believes McNair will be joining the Baltimore Ravens. "There's basically no way I could see Steve coming back to Tennessee at this point, not with all that has happened," Wycheck said in a telephone interview. "It's going to be a strange feeling to watch him run into the Coliseum on Nov. 12 with (former Titans) WR Derrick Mason and CB Samari Rolle all wearing that dirty bird on their helmets. It's time to cut ties." The Titans haven't been successful in convincing McNair to restructure a contract that carries a massive $23.46 million salary cap figure and a $9 million base salary. "Steve is big on respect," Wycheck said. "He has a lot of pride as a competitor and a football player. He's a tough son-of-a-gun. This whole thing is very hard on him."

    Titans | Team’s offer lower than Baltimore’s
    Sat, 3 Jun 2006 07:35:17 -0700

    Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports the Tennessee Titans offered QB Steve McNair a reshaped, multiyear contract with a signing bonus of $3 million and a 2006 base salary of $2.5 million in early January, according to the text of the grievance ruling by arbitrator John Feerick. The 19-page decision on the NFL Players Association's grievance against the Titans said that deal would have chopped $6.5 million off McNair's scheduled $23.46 million salary cap number. McNair's agent, Bus Cook, counter-proposed a deal that would have saved the Titans only $2 million under the cap, the text said. Cook and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed on a five-year deal that would pay McNair an $11 million signing bonus and a $1 million base salary in 2006, more than double what McNair would have received in the Titans' January proposal. The ruling also appears to leave the Titans with the option of not giving McNair any work at their six organized team activity practices that start on June 13 or using him in training camp or the preseason if he's still with the team under his current contract.


    Titans | Team taking one more shot at redoing McNair’s contract
    Sat, 3 Jun 2006 07:21:22 -0700

    Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports the Tennessee Titans are unlikely to trade QB Steve McNair to the Baltimore Ravens over the next couple of days because they intend to make one more run at trying to restructure McNair's contract. "I'm sure we'll try to get in touch (with McNair's agent)," Titans general manager Floyd Reese told the Nashville City Paper. "What we've said is that we'd like to sit down and have a face-to-face and see what happens." The Ravens and Titans have been unable to reach an agreement on a trade. The Ravens reportedly have offered a conditional fourth-round pick that would escalate to a third-round pick based on McNair's playing time. The Titans want a third-round choice that could bump up to a second-rounder. Despite their recent differences, Reese has never ruled out McNair's return.

  2. #82
    Prophet Guest

    Re: Titans shut the door on McNair

    POSTED 11:17 p.m. EDT; UPDATED 11:27 p.m. EDT, June 6, 2006
    Mike Florio

    The agent for Titans quarterback Steve McNair wants the team to poop or get off the pot.

    "Keep him under the contract he has, trade him, cut him or start trying to get a new deal done with the starting point being what's on the table from the Ravens," agent Bus Cook said, according to the Associated Press. "The don't want to do any of those things.... You can't have your cake and eat it, too."

    Steve's certainly done nothing to deserve a pay cut, particularly in light of the fact another team out there is willing to double what they're willing to pay. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure all that out," Cook said.

    McNair is scheduled to make $9 million in salary with the Titans in 2006. The team is willing to pay him $6 million, with $3.5 million coming in the form of a signing bonus. The Ravens have worked out a contract with McNair that would pay him $12 million this year, but the Ravens and Titans couldn't come to an agreement as to compensation.

    With not enough cap room to sign even a rookie free agent, the Titans need to do something in order to be able to sign their draft picks, including quarterback of the future Vince Young. But since negotiations typically don't begin in earnest until after July 4, the Titans still have four more weeks to sit on their hands, thumbs pointing up.

    Most folks presume that the Titans eventually will release McNair, and that he'll promptly sign with the Ravens.

    Titans | Team faces accusations from NFLPA
    Wed, 7 Jun 2006 06:33:12 -0700

    Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports the Tennessee Titans might decide not to use QB Steve McNair during the team's OTAs if he shows up, but a trade to another team appears imminent. Head coach Jeff Fisher said, "If a deal (that means McNair goes elsewhere) is imminent, no, it doesn't make sense to put him on the field. It doesn't. If a deal ends up getting done, then he needs to move on." NFLPA general counsel Richard Berthelsen said if McNair reports and is not used during OTAs, "it's the same thing as before." Berthelsen added, "If they are not allowing him to participate with the team, they are breaching his contract. That was the (grievance) ruling. In that case, we would bring it back before the arbitrator and say, 'They are defying your order.' How is that any different than saying he can't be there?"

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