End for McNair?

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  1. lumsdenpower

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    It's a + for Volek?!?Or they will draft Matt Leinart!
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    http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/TEN/9357312Edited by: lumsdenpower
     
  2. Don Wassall

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    That link didn't work for me, so here's another. This is very encouraging news, as long as the Titans draft Leinart or Cutler, or go with Volek. In other words, please don't draft Vince Young! McNair would undoubtedly have stayed with the team, and probably as a starter, if he had renegotiated his contract. But like many fading athletes, he way overvalued his worth.


    http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/2006040 4/SPORTS01/604040349/1027
    As he's done so many times in his NFL career, Steve McNair showed up for work yesterday at Baptist Sports Park.
    Only this time, McNair was told he wasn't welcome.



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    The 11-year relationship between the Titans and their quarterback took an unexpected turn yesterday when the team informed McNair it didn't want him working out at Baptist Sports Park.
    McNair's agent, Bus Cook, said it's a clear sign the veteran's days with the team are numbered.
    "A month ago they say he needs to be there to get familiar with the young guys, and now they tell him to get out? I have never seen anything like that in my life," Cook said last night.
    "They can sugarcoat it any way they want to, but when you throw your starting quarterback off the property, an MVP, Pro Bowl guy who led them to the Super Bowl and one of the greatest players in the history of the team ...
    "To just to throw him out? After this, I don't think Steve would want to go back any more.''
    McNair has one year remaining on his contract, which is scheduled to pay him $9 million in base salary for 2006. He will count $23.46 million against the salary cap, however, and the Titans want to lower that figure by restructuring the contract, but there has been no progress in talks with Cook.
    The Titans have the option of releasing McNair if a solution can't be reached.
    Titans General Manager Floyd Reese, who remained in Los Angeles to visit with former USC quarterback Matt Leinart, did not return several messages left by The Tennessean.

    The Titans, though, today issued a statement intended to soften the blow to their veteran quarterback:

    "We have communicated with Steve McNair and (agent) Bus Cook since the fall that we could handle Steve's salary cap figure into the new league year (2006), but we are not willing to carry that number into the season. We have spent time working in good faith to renegotiate Steve's contract, but have not yet arrived at a mutually satisfactory resolution.

    "With the offseason conditioning program underway, we have no choice but to protect the club and its future from the possibility of having a significant amount of our salary cap at risk in a single player should he sustain a major injury.

    "This is entirely a risk-management problem and not a reflection of the enormous respect we have for Steve, for what he means to our franchise, and the huge contributions he has made as a player and as a person.

    "It was unfortunate the way this played out yesterday, but we think both Steve and Bus understand the team's position. Other clubs facing the same dilemma have arrived at the same conclusion we did.

    "We will continue our efforts to resolve the contract difficulties and look forward to Steve returning when this is completed."

    An associate of McNair said the quarterback was disappointed and declined to discuss the matter last night.
    Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, also in Los Angeles, referred to the "complicated" contract situation.
    "The organization has a great deal of respect for Steve McNair, what he has meant to this franchise and what he has done to this point," Fisher said. "However, it is difficult for me to comment on the issue of him working out at the facility when I was not involved in these discussions. When we get back in town tomorrow I am sure we'll be able to get things sorted out.
    "His contract situation is complicated. I am hopeful that Floyd and Bus will be able to get something resolved very soon.''
    As for yesterday's action, the Titans are most likely concerned McNair will get injured before the contract situation is settled. In that case, the team would be liable for the $9 million.
    Cook said he received a call from Titans General Counsel Steve Underwood yesterday informing him that McNair would be told to leave the facility when he showed up for the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program. When McNair arrived yesterday, trainer Brad Brown gave him the news.
    "But I am sure it came from higher-up,'' Cook said in reference to Titans owner Bud Adams, who is believed to have been involved in the decision. "They told him they apparently they didn't want him to get hurt. They told me they didn't want him working out until he got his contract sorted out, but he's got a contract.
    "I am shocked really. I thought it was an April Fools joke. There's no way you can mend that bridge, in my opinion. How do you throw your guy out? Why don't you go to him and say, 'Steve, economically we can't keep you. We are going to go ahead and release you and let you go.' Now we have no desire to go out and help them with the contract. He has a contract, so live up to it if you want him.''
    Cook said McNair will probably work out on his own elsewhere, but may be open to taking part in organized workouts at Baptist Sports Park if asked to do so.
    Last week McNair told The Tennessean he hopes to retire a Titan, but wasn't sure how things were going to work out.
    "This is a business and I've always said I'll never take it personal," he said. -
    Jim Wyatt can be reached at 615-259-8015 or jwyatt@tennessean.com
     
  3. white is right

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    I have never had a problem with Mcnair on the field. He is a gamer and a warrior. Off the field his christian image took a hit after his drinking and driving charge. He is rather injury prone and a stop gap starter at best...........
     
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    I'm glad this will at least be a chance for Drew Bennett to put up some good numbers. Even if they go with a rookie QB, he will still get more looks than McNair gave him last year. With that said, I still hope Volek starts this year. They can do a Kurt Warner/Eli Manning mentorship type thing with their rookie this year.
     
  5. whiteCB

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    Even if the Titans draft a QB in the 1st Rd I hope they still start Volek no matter what. Recent examples have shown that it is usually best for a rookie QB to sit a year rather than just hand them the starting job. Volek playing will be the only way Drew Bennett will put up great numbers this year.
     
  6. Don Wassall

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    This is not good. From Mel Kiper's latest article:


    It looks like the Houston Texans will take USC running back Reggie Bush with the No. 1 overall pick. The hottest spot in the draft to make a trade will be with the New Orleans Saints and the second pick. The only team the Saints could make a trade with -- and still get defensive end Mario Williams -- is the New York Jets. New York could trade up from the fourth overall pick and take USC QB Matt Leinart. Tennessee, which has the third pick, would then take Texas QB Vince Young. From what I have been told, the Titans have a very high opinion of Young.
     
  7. Ta Waki Mumba

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    Not a Steve McNair fan but this is not the way he should go out.
     
  8. White Shogun

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    I don't know. Should he be treated any better than Joe Montana? Jerry Rice? Tom Landry?

    Maybe if he'd take a pay cut they'd keep him on the team. From their point of view, the guy has too much risk of injury to give him the kind of money he is asking. Most of us on this site have been asking when McNair is going to retire anyway. He's no better than Brett Favre really, but everyone is on Favre's back to get out of the game. One thing about it, for better or worse, Brett Favre would at least probably play the entire season. Not so with McNair.
     
  9. onewarrior5

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    Steve McNair should retire while he can still walk.
     
  10. white is right

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    Walk, remember his name and not look like Evil Kneivel when they have an oldtimers ceremony.........[​IMG]
     
  11. lokkon

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    Well, In my opinion, I think that it's the time for McNair to retire and it would be a great opportunity for Volek to prove himself.
     
  12. The Duke

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    This situation's been quiet for awhile. Maybe something will be worked out with Mcnair. It wouldn't be surprising. But if they draft Young who even cares at that point. [​IMG]
     

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