Ena is in, Wells is out

Tuesday, September 7, 2004 at 1:00am

The roster tinkering began for Tennessee Monday as the Titans claimed linebacker Justin Ena off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles and let go of linebacker Ray Wells to make room.

Ena, a second-year player from Brigham Young, should help the Titans depth-wise at linebacker and on special teams. At 6-3, 247 pounds, he adds more size to the linebacker corps than Wells, who is listed at 6-1, 234 pounds.

Wells was claimed off the waiver wire by the Titans last year before the opening game and spent the entire season playing on special teams.

The Titans are not through with their roster maneuvering by any means. They still have yet to officially add third-string quarterback Doug Johnson to the 53-man roster after working him out Friday. The Titans would like to have him on the practice field by this afternoon, if possible.

Chances are a defensive back might be removed from the roster either via trade or waivers to make room. The Titans are currently carrying 11 defensive backs, including six cornerbacks and five safeties, with Donnie Nickey, Scott McGarrahan or Mike Echols perhaps on the bubble.

Titans general manager Floyd Reese said there had been plenty of trade discussions both Sunday and Monday, but no imminent deals on the table. Ideally, he would prefer a trade to open a spot for Johnson, rather than outright releasing a player.

The defensive end market among the cuts apparently proved to be a bit too rich for what the Titans are looking for. Bryan Robinson, let go by Chicago, got $1.5 million to sign with the Miami Dolphins. Jacksonville and Washington have interest in Mark Word, let go by Cleveland.

At present, the Titans have no real interest in Dennis Johnson, Tyrone Rogers, Kenny Holmes, Chad Bratzke or Regan Upshaw.

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