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Question Eddie George @ $2 million per year: Would you do it?

I know that he's been injured & we're set with DD as our starter, with Hollings hopefully taking the next step this year. However, George is apparently healed & his experience/veteran leadership could be invaluable to our very young offensive unit. Also, he might be motivated enough to feel he has something to prove to Bud Adams.

With the exception of Banks, Bradford, & Miller, our skilled position players on offense have 3 or less years of experience & none of them have ever really done anything in the NFL. A player with George's experience could be invaluable to a player like Hollings & he could give DD some tips on prolonging his career (ie, what not to do). If he's completely healed up, he could do for us what Steven Davis did for Carolina.

I'm asking this question, because it appears that Tennessee is low balling him, & if he refuses to accept their offer, they're reportedly going to release him. They're only offering him ~$1.5 million per year.

Assuming he passes our physical, would you be willing to offer him $2-3 million per year for 1-3 years, with only the first year guaranteed?

The Tennessean

George's future with Titans in his own hands
By JIM WYATT
Staff Writer

It turns out running back Eddie George has more than one decision to make over the weekend.

The first, of course, involves his future with the Titans. The other? Which club to use on the 190-yard, par-3?

George is scheduled to play golf this morning with his agents, Lamont Smith and Peter Schaffer, along with Steelers running back Jerome Bettis.

George said last night he still hasn't decided whether to accept a reduced contract from the Titans, but admitted it's now up to him.

''That's pretty much it,'' George said. ''I think they are going to give it one more final offer and based off of that, we'll see what happens. Right now, I couldn't tell you one way or the other what's going to happen for sure.''

That answer could be made at some point along the 18-hole course today; George is scheduled to be paired with Smith. George said he's ready to put the six-month ordeal behind him.

''It hasn't been fun, but I'll know something soon, probably by the end of the weekend,'' George said. ''Right now I'm just going to try and chill out and enjoy the next day or so and talk this thing over, weigh my options and make a decision.''

As expected, George and Smith met yesterday at Smith's office in Denver. The topic of yesterday's conversation centered mainly on marketing ideas for the eight-year pro, but George and Smith were also scheduled to have dinner last night to discuss his contract situation more in depth.

George met with Titans General Manager Floyd Reese earlier this week to discuss his contract before heading to Denver on Thursday night. The Titans would like to keep George, but they've also made it clear to him they'll have no choice but to release him if he decides not accept the contract that's been offered.

George, who has rushed for 10,009 yards in his career, is scheduled to make $4.25 million in 2004, but the Titans aren't willing to pay him much more than $1.5 million.

The Titans continue to wait on George's decision while trying to get contracts finished for the team's 13 draft picks.

Reese said yesterday the two sides have ''gone back and forth several times'' this week in contract negotiations. He sounded somewhat intrigued about George's trip to Denver.

''To be honest, I don't even know what they are talking about,'' Reese said. ''We are just waiting to hear back. You have to continue working on these other guys, which we'll do.''

Jim Wyatt covers the Titans for The Tennessean. He can be reached at 259-8015 or jwyatt@tennessean.com.
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