Crumpler still waiting, hoping as free agency nears

Monday, February 22, 2010 at 3:54pm

Tight end Alge Crumpler is one of many Tennessee Titans free agents still playing the waiting game regarding his future.

Crumpler, 32, signed with Tennessee two years ago and in that time transformed himself from a receiving-type tight end that he had been with the Atlanta Falcons to being the blocking tight end in the Titans’ potent run game. Crumpler was part of a Titans rushing scheme that helped Chris Johnson run for 2,006 yards last season.

“There’s nothing going on right now. All is quiet,” agent James Williams said. “I have talked to [Mike] Reinfeldt some, and I expect we’ll talk again at the appropriate time.”

Asked when that might be, Williams said it could be, “anytime from now on up until training camp, but I would expect it to come fairly close to the time leading up to free agency.”

Free agency is scheduled to begin on March 5.

Crumpler caught 27 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown last season with the Titans, and had 24 catches for 257 yards and a score in 2008 with Tennessee.

Williams indicated that Crumpler would like to return to the Titans, if possible.

“He likes the Titans and Nashville and still has a home there,” Williams said.

The Titans situation at tight end is in a bit of flux, as Bo Scaife is scheduled to be a restricted free agent, and because he was franchised last year, his salary must be greater than the $4.46 million he earned under that tag in 2009.

The Titans also have Craig Stevens and Jared Cook on the roster, but both those players are unproven backups.