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Old 11-09-2004   #1
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As for this season, you might say the Titans have a long way to go but a short time to get there.

Whether the playoffs are little more than a mirage for the 3-5 Titans at this point is open for debate. Such a discussion only scratches the surface of a greater argument in Nashville — which direction Tennessee may go in the future.

QB Steve McNair’s short-term future is unknown. A sternum injury originally suffered in Week Three has been a continuous issue for Tennessee. And as the Titans map out their long-term future — beginning with the 2006 season — it is unclear whether McNair remains a key piece of the puzzle. He’ll be 32 in February, and in March 2006 the Titans are scheduled to pay McNair a $50 million bonus — $15.5 million above the record bonus Peyton Manning received last March — that would increase his cap figure to $26.83 million for 2006. If the Titans decide not to exercise the option, McNair would become a free agent. And at age 33, Tennessee may not believe McNair is worth a starter’s salary, of which the leaguewide average continues to climb. The bonus was added to McNair’s contract this summer, when Tennessee added three years to his deal in order to reduce his base salary from $6.75 million to $660,000. The option triggers the ’06 ($9 million in salary), ’07 ($11 million salary), ’08 ($13 million salary) and ’09 ($15 million salary) seasons in addition to the one-time bonus. During each of those seasons, McNair’s cap hit would soar to well above $20 million.

Of course, McNair seeing much of that pay is highly unlikely, and the Titans’ brass admits as much. And the “franchise” tag is not an option if McNair is released after 2005, before the $50 million bonus is due.

So Tennessee is plotting its course for the 2005 offseason now — again trying to fill holes without breaking the bank — with an eye toward the ’06 offseason, which could hit with wrecking-ball force.

In addition to McNair potentially becoming a free agent, WR Derrick Mason hits free agency in spring of ’05. LCB Samari Rolle and DE Kevin Carter have escalating salaries that may need to be reworked to help the team’s cap situation. Mason and Rolle both are represented by Lamont Smith, the agent for RB Eddie George, who left for Dallas in June upon his release. OLT Brad Hopkins may have to be addressed after this season, as his base salary jumps from $760,000 in ’04 to $3.25 million next season. ORT Fred Miller is a candidate to be released in the offseason, as he’s due $14 million in salary over the next three seasons. Miller turns 32 before opening day in ’05, and his base salary jumps from a reduced $660,000 this season to $4 million next season.

There was thought within the organization that second-year WR Tyrone Calico could emerge as the team’s No. 1 receiver by the end of this season. But Calico, injured in the Titans’ third preseason game at Dallas, is out for the rest of the season, costing the Titans valuable self-scout opportunities. Mason will be 32 before he hits the open market, and Rolle, who doesn’t turn 30 until August 2006, could be in position to ask for the moon as an unrestricted free agent.

Even if McNair wants to remain in Tennessee, with no regard to economics, the face of the Titans may be dramatically altered in the very near future.
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I dont pretend to sound like I know what Im talking about here, but how does a professional organization let it get that bad? Sounds like they loaded up for a Super Bowl run and its coming back to bite them in the rear.
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...its coming back to bite them in the rear.
And I hope whatever does the biting has incredibly sharp and long teeth that inflict tremendous damage!!!
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I dont pretend to sound like I know what Im talking about here, but how does a professional organization let it get that bad? Sounds like they loaded up for a Super Bowl run and its coming back to bite them in the rear.
Well, not the offical word on this.. but possibly a few scenarios...

- paid mega bucks and or extension when the player was good with expectation they will be like that for a long time.

- raise stakes so another team won't take players.

- load up (like you mentioned) for an "All or Nothing" format... which never seems to work.

- oh... and Bud Adams is running that ship, so that may be a MAJOR reason they "got that bad". :hehe:



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I dont pretend to sound like I know what Im talking about here, but how does a professional organization let it get that bad? Sounds like they loaded up for a Super Bowl run and its coming back to bite them in the rear.
Just because someone holds a fancy title with an NFL team doesn't mean that he knows what he's doing....
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It doesn't seem to me that McNair will be able to play much longer. His injuries are really adding up and he's not even trying to play thru them. Maybe he'll retire and that will be that for his contract.
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That's great news Bud Adams will get what he Deserves.
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The Titans have been this way for a few seasons, somehow, like the Raiders, they find a way.
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Reese is a pretty good GM that knows his loop holes around the cap. I am assuming the losses this year will help them in the future to make any upgrades. Only problem is we will be controlling the division by that time.
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Reese is a pretty good GM that knows his loop holes around the cap. I am assuming the losses this year will help them in the future to make any upgrades. Only problem is we will be controlling the division by that time.
You mean fighting it out with the Jags don't you...

Being a Jaguar fan that has lived thru cap hell we tried to warn the titan fans this was coming but of course they had the thoughts that it couldn't happen to them, now the colts are on the same path and they think it won't happen to them either...
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You mean fighting it out with the Jags don't you...

Being a Jaguar fan that has lived thru cap hell we tried to warn the titan fans this was coming but of course they had the thoughts that it couldn't happen to them, now the colts are on the same path and they think it won't happen to them either...
And you wouldnt be fighting for anything right now if we didnt save your butts from cap hell...
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And you wouldnt be fighting for anything right now if we didnt save your butts from cap hell...
Now... is that our fault??
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So, this begs the question "Is it possible to consistently win for any length of time without finding yourself in cap hell?"
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It would be really easy to do if players focused on winning and not a fat paycheck.

Titans are going down because of multiple players over a few years.

The Colts will be going down as an indirect result of their "franchise player"

Seriously, if I was getting millions a year already and even more millions in endorsements, I think a Super Bowl would be more satisfying than another sports car or million dollar house.
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So, this begs the question "Is it possible to consistently win for any length of time without finding yourself in cap hell?"
New England seems to have a pretty good handle on it for now...
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Belichick's secret is his roster of overachievers from top to bottom. He knows how to develop ordinary talent into superstars better than anyone else. Doubt that the Patriots will find themselves in cap hell while he's running the show.
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Belichick's secret is his roster of overachievers from top to bottom. He knows how to develop ordinary talent into superstars better than anyone else. Doubt that the Patriots will find themselves in cap hell while he's running the show.
Part of that is his recognition that medium priced cogs all working together will mutually support each other and make it look like they are overachieving--they really aren't it is just that everyone is solid so there is no Matt Stevens type weak link that makes the players around them have to be superstars in order for the team to succeed.
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50 million bucks...that's more then a couple 20 dollar bills.

It's called "credit card purchase" and all teams do it. They load up on back end contracts and bonuses that they will never pay to get talent to win games today.
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