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Texans34Life
04-03-2006, 11:51 PM
Surprised no one has brought this up....

KFFL -

Mon, 3 Apr 2006 20:41:11 -0700

Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair's days with the team are probably numbered after the team told him he was not welcome at Baptist Sports Park, where the team is working out. McNair's agent, James "Bus" Cook, said, "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. 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." The Titans are concerned about McNair getting injured while working out, which would make the team liable for his $9 million in base salary for 2006.

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Mon, 3 Apr 2006 20:19:42 -0700

Updating previous reports, ESPN.com reports Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair was told by a team trainer that he would not be allowed to work out until his contract status was resolved, according to his agent James Cook. Cook said there was no warning to the team's position and added, "Steve was told that until he got his contract straightened out, he wasn't welcome at the facility. Heck, he's got his contract already straightened out and now he's trying to fulfill it by reporting for the offseason." Titans sources said Titans owner Bud Adams made the decision out of fear any offseason injury would make him liable for McNair's current contract. Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said, "Things got blown out of proportion. ... We'll get it straightened out."

STEEL BLUE TEXANS
04-03-2006, 11:55 PM
McNair will sign with Baltimore if he is released.

CoachJim
04-04-2006, 07:15 AM
Surprised no one has brought this up....

KFFL -





Mon, 3 Apr 2006 20:19:42 -0700

Updating previous reports, ESPN.com reports Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair was told by a team trainer that he would not be allowed to work out until his contract status was resolved, according to his agent James Cook. Cook said there was no warning to the team's position and added, "Steve was told that until he got his contract straightened out, he wasn't welcome at the facility. Heck, he's got his contract already straightened out and now he's trying to fulfill it by reporting for the offseason." Titans sources said Titans owner Bud Adams made the decision out of fear any offseason injury would make him liable for McNair's current contract. Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said, "Things got blown out of proportion. ... We'll get it straightened out."

Imagine that ...:spy:

TEXANRED
04-04-2006, 07:44 AM
I hate the Titans more than I hate the Cowboys..............But McNair deserves to be shown more respect than that. After all he has suffered and done for that team. Now maybe people will understand why we left that rugg wearing S.O.B leave this city....................Even though he still lives in river oaks and people continue to shop at his dealership......Southwest Lincoln Mercury.

jlwevans
04-04-2006, 08:25 AM
This is so much BS!! McNair has done everything that the Titans have asked of him including continously restructuring his contract to allow money for the team to bring in other players and now when it comes to paying the piper-Bud Adams bans him from doing his job so that he can keep from paying McNair what he deserves. If you did not hate Butt Adams before (like that was actually possible) then this should finally convince you otherwise.:brickwall

MikeMc
04-04-2006, 08:30 AM
Well, this is no longer a game.......football is a business. You can't say it is a business one day, and then get mad at incidents like this and bring team loyalty into the equation.

McNair is trying to do what is necessary to get his paycheck, and the Titans are doing what they need to in order to prevent from having to pay more money.

Look at the Astros and Bagwell. Similar situation, but the fans do not see that baseball is also a business, they see it for what it once was in the "glory days". Free agency ruined professional sports...thank Curt Flood!

Yes, he has done a lot for the organization, but the NFL is a business......end of discussion.

Yvette
04-04-2006, 12:07 PM
Well, this is no longer a game.......football is a business. You can't say it is a business one day, and then get mad at incidents like this and bring team loyalty into the equation.
It's how it was done, not what. Then again, fans here warned us a thousand times there would be days like this when Jeff Diamond was shown the door. I shouldn't be surprised but I am.

Double Barrel
04-04-2006, 12:14 PM
If you are at all familiar with Bud Adams, this story is no surprise.

I wish Steve McNair all the best, and the Titans all the worst. :ok:

MikeMc
04-04-2006, 12:36 PM
And waiting until June is a better way to release a player??

NFL.....Not Fair League

Since early 90s (Reggie White), the game was no longer a game...all of this "it is a business" talk started then and players wanted to get paid to "secure their families"......wow, I didn't know it takes millions to secure your family.....or maybe they just wanted the really cool stuff that they could buy with all the extra jack.....family was not in the picture....just $$$

Yvette
04-04-2006, 01:35 PM
And waiting until June is a better way to release a player??
Steve hasn't been released. Have you read the articles about this?

TitansGiantsBears
04-04-2006, 05:07 PM
Steve has been the centerpiece of our organization since the Houston days. I really hate to see it come down to this but like they say, it's a business. This has been brewing for awhile now though. Steve's not too happy that we're leaning toward drafting a QB. He feels bringing in a young QB means the team will ask him to spend his final years as a backup and he doesn't want to do this. His agent, Bus Cook, said Steve has no interest in serving as a mentor. Now the club locks him out.

I understand that it's all a business but you hate to see this happen to a classy guy like McNair. He's played his last game in a Titans uniform, I believe.

TD
04-04-2006, 06:35 PM
If you are at all familiar with Bud Adams, this story is no surprise.

I wish Steve McNair all the best, and the Titans all the worst. :ok:

Yep. Hate to say "I told you so" to some of the Bud lovers in Tennessee, but....

Pretty classless to have someone like McNair be told he has to leave by a trainer. What...was the waterboy busy?:cool:

Kaiser Toro
04-04-2006, 06:42 PM
It would be interesting to get a pulse on Titan nation. I wonder if there is huge want for Cutler when Leinart and Young would be inviting to different factions within the Titans organization.

TexanFan881
04-04-2006, 06:43 PM
McNair will sign with Baltimore if he is released.

You're probably right and then Kerry Collins will definately retire. I have a lot of respect for Steve and wish him well in the future.

MikeMc
04-04-2006, 07:12 PM
Well, if Steve McNair is too "big" to serve as a mentor for some young QB, who is really the one bing "classless"?

He is under contract, so he will do as he is told, otherwise the org can do what they want to....and yes, sending the trainer to tell him to leave is but one thing they can do.

Next thing he will do is throw the "I feel like a slave".......like most of the "disgruntled" FB players.....not sure where slaves make millions of $$, but I am all for slavery and will volunteer my services into slavery for millions of $$ a year!!

Yvette
04-04-2006, 11:15 PM
Well, if Steve McNair is too "big" to serve as a mentor for some young QB, who is really the one bing "classless"?
TGB forgot to mention Steve came back and said he has no problem being a mentor, he has a problem being a backup. You really need to read the news ;)

mexican_texan
04-04-2006, 11:25 PM
Jevon Kearse is with the Eagles.

McNair was told to leave because he might get injured and Satan didn't want to pay an injured player to sit on the bench.

geofb
04-05-2006, 08:18 AM
Anything that causes turmoil with the Titans and K.S. (Bud) Adams is a good thing as far as I'm concerned. This goes in that category. Hopefully they will also make the mistake of taking Young with the number 3 pick. Then when he bombs, the Titan faithful can moan for years as to why they picked Young. Good stuff. Keep up the good work K.S. (Bud).

FILO_girl
04-05-2006, 12:00 PM
Oy.
I am not a hater on the Titans. I don't hate Bud, but reaaaaly dislike what he did to the former Oiler fans here in Houston. His rep sucks eggs here. And it should.

Sorry to hear of this, Yvette. I think Steve is a great player whom should get to play his days out in Nashville. I thought this would be his last year, along with Favre. Maybe they both will hang it up instead to taking the BS. Looks like both are less than thrilled at the lack of respect given to many years of dedicated service. Can't say I blame them if they did end it all now.

Double Barrel
04-05-2006, 01:34 PM
Oy.
I am not a hater on the Titans. I don't hate Bud,

And you call yourself a Texans fan. :hmmm: YANKING YOUR CHAIN

It is our duty to not only hate our mortal enemy, Bud, but to extend that hatred to our division rival, as well.

Death (proverbial) to the baby blue flaming meatball!! :stirpot:

Lucky
04-09-2006, 11:47 AM
Just another indication that Steve McNair is being shown the door in Nashville.

The Tennessean (http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060409/SPORTS01/604090402/1328/SPORTS)

"Nobody has asked Steve to be a mentor," the Titans GM said of the notion that Steve McNair will be the starter this fall with a high draft pick behind him.

"A mentor is somebody that goes out and works hard and practices hard and plays hard and plays well and a young guy gets a chance to see him.

"We didn't ask Steve to take this guy home with him to sleep over at his house."

Reese said the transition from a veteran to a youngster is part of a natural progression in an NFL locker room.

"The process has always been the same. If there is an older quarterback that has some respect in the league, then a younger quarterback is going to come in and watch that guy and try to emulate some of the things that he does," Reese said.

"Now that doesn't mean the guy has to say one word to him. It doesn't mean that he has to eat lunch with him. It doesn't mean he has to go out to dinner with him. If those things do happen, then I'm sure it helps the process. But I don't think whether or not a veteran quarterback takes a rookie quarterback out to lunch is going to have a real dramatic effect on his long-term career."

Besides, Reese said, others will be most responsible for guiding a young signal-caller.

"We have excellent coaches who make a lot of money just
to teach those quarterbacks," he said.

In other words, "We don't need no stinking Steve McNair." And I'm sure that Reese is right. The Titans can easily finish at 4-12 again without McNair's services.

Texans_Chick
04-10-2006, 11:54 PM
NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the Titanhicks for breaching McNair's contract:

Link (http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=moresports&id=12)

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Titans on behalf of Steve McNair, accusing the team of breaching the quarterback's contract when it barred him from working out at its facility.


McNair was told last Monday that he couldn't work out at the Titans training facility for fear he could injure himself and put the team on the hook for all of his $23.46 million salary cap figure for 2006.

The NFLPA filed the grievance late Friday, general counsel Richard Berthelsen said.

"He has a contract and he wants to comply with that contract, especially that part that says he must remain in excellent physical condition and give the best of his ability to the club," Berthelsen said. "And they're trying to keep him from fulfilling that function for the sole reason they want him to renegotiate his contract so they have a better deal with him."

The Titans have 10 days to respond.

"We respect Steve's right to use a grievance mechanism set up by the CBA for handling player and club differences," team spokesman Robbie Bohren said. "We will study the grievance and respond in due course."

I was wondering when that was gonna happen. I can't recall a player under contract and in good standing being locked out of team facilities.

HOOK'EM
04-11-2006, 05:01 AM
.........Ol' Butt Adams is doing McNair like our Astros did Bagwell!:twocents:

texan279
04-19-2006, 01:39 AM
LINK (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5506274)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans deny they breached their contract with Steve McNair by not allowing the quarterback to work out on their property, a union spokesman said Monday.

The Titans defended themselves in a response to a grievance filed on McNair's behalf by the NFL Players Association on April 7. The team counsel had declined to discuss the Titans' answer for why they told McNair on April 3 that they don't want him working out on their property.
"They've actually denied any wrongdoing in not permitting him to work at his place of employment while under contract," said Carl Francis, the NFLPA's director of communications. "At this point, we're moving forward to try to bring some remedy to this."

Francis said general counsel Richard Berthelsen was reviewing the response to determine the union's next step. That could include asking for an expedited hearing before an arbitrator that could be held within 10 days or placing it on a docket that could take up to three or four months.

The Titans generally don't comment on player grievances and refused to talk Monday.