<font color=red>SPORTS BULLETIN:</font> Titans sign Linton to back up George

Friday, July 20, 2001 at 1:00am

The Tennessee Titans now have the veteran running back they have been searching for to back up All-Pro Eddie George.

The Titans on Friday agreed to a one-year, $600,000 deal with former Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Linton.

Linton, 26, had 1,002 career rushing yards in three seasons in Buffalo, including leading the team with 695 yards rushing in 1999.

Linton, 6-1, 234 pounds, will have a versatile role for theTitans, not only serving as a backup to George, but also seeing some time as at fullback, H-back and on special teams.

Linton, who played at the University of North Carolina, was a salary cap victim in March with the Bills. He gives the Titans an upgrade in experience behind George. The other backup running backs are second-year man Mike Green and rookie sixth-round pick Dan Alexander.

The Titans and Linton had been talking back and forth for the past couple of weeks. Linton's agent Tony Agnone and Titans general manager Floyd Reese had

played phone tag regarding the deal most of this week, but finally agreed to terms Friday. That despite the fact that Agnone's mother suffered a stroke Thursday night.

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