Defensive end Travis LaBoy appears set to leave the Tennessee Titans via free agency, barring an unexpected deal arising in the next 72 hours.
LaBoy’s agent and brother C.J. said Tuesday the Titans’ latest offer to retain LaBoy is not a competitive one with what they believe will be offered on the open market when free agency begins Friday.
“They have offered, but it is really not in Travis’ best interests to take the offer they’ve put on the table,” C.J. LaBoy said. “I believe there is a very, very strong interest in the market for Travis from several teams.”
The Philadelphia Eagles are among the teams interested in finding help at defensive end, and likely will be interested in both LaBoy and fellow Titans free agent Antwan Odom, whom the Titans also are trying to retain before he potentially scores a big payday on the open market.
C.J. LaBoy said he isn’t expecting the Titans to come in with an 11th hour offer that would be markedly higher than what has already been put on the table.
“Even though Travis would like to stay in Tennessee, I really don’t expect them to do that, to be honest with you,” he said. “With what they want to do scheme wise, I don’t think they’re going to offer Travis money-wise what he could get from another team.
It may be in his best interests to go elsewhere and have the chance to play for a team more conducive to his talents.”
LaBoy, 26, was a second-round pick of the Titans in 2004, as was Odom. Both players had a career high in sacks this past season, with LaBoy getting six and Odom producing eight. LaBoy, who has had problems with concussions in his career.
Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz had said at the NFL Combine over the weekend that he was hoping the team would be able to keep both players. That is looking less likely.
“For years, we would have graduating classes,” Schwartz said. “It seemed like you would develop your guys and see them go somewhere else. We’re at the point where I would hope we would be able to enjoy the fruits of our labors. In the past, you didn’t always get the reap the rewards from what we sowed.”