Jump to content
[[Template core/front/custom/_customHeader is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]]

Titans tag Haynesworth


Recommended Posts



Updated: February 20, 2008, 6:05 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans tagged defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth on Wednesday as their franchise player to keep him from leaving as a free agent.


The Titans had told Haynesworth's agent last week that they intended to tag him as a franchise player, and the NFL deadline was Thursday to designate a player. The move allows the team to continue discussing a long-term contract that must be reached by July 15.


Haynesworth is coming off his best season as a professional. He had a career-high six sacks in his sixth season in 2007 and was a key piece in a defense that went from last in yards allowed to fifth. He was an All-Pro and voted to the Pro Bowl as a starter for the first time in his career.


"This is a step in the process with Albert," general manager Mike Reinfeldt said. "This designation gives us more time to work on a long-term contract with him. He was a dominant player for us this past season and one of the key components to our success on defense."


But other teams can talk to Haynesworth and sign him to an offer. The Titans either could match that offer or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation for losing the defensive tackle.


If no deal is reached by July 15, the team could only sign Haynesworth to a one-year deal. As the franchise player, his one-year contract would be worth $7.25 million.


Agent Chad Speck said Reinfeldt called him Wednesday and told him the Titans were sending in the paperwork to the league.


"I appreciated that phone call, and we are going to continue to work toward a long term deal that keeps Albert in Tennessee beyond 2008," Speck said in an e-mail.


Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Some more DL tag talk:


By John Clayton



Updated: February 20, 2008, 6:12 PM ET


In a little bit of a surprise move, the Packers franchised defensive tackle Corey Williams, a former sixth-round pick who would have been one of the top defensive tackles available in free agency.


Williams, 6-foot-4, 313 pounds, started nine games for the Packers in 2007. Even though defensive tackle is one of the Packers deepest positions, general manager Ted Thompson did not want to lose Williams, who was clearly the team's best unrestricted free agents.


The Packers are in great shape at defensive tackle. Ryan Pickett has been an anchor at a run-stopping defensive tackle. Johnny Jolly is a 2006 sixth-round pick who has played well. The team drafted Justin Harrell in the first round last year and he started to get some playing time late in the season. Colin Cole is a restricted free agent defensive tackle who can rush the quarterback.


The Packers gave Williams a one-year, $6.363 million tender offer. If a team wants to sign him, they would have to forfeit two first-round picks if the Packers don't match the offer.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...

Important Information