'The Freak' will visit Titans on Wednesday

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 8:41pm

Jevon Kearse will visit the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, according to a league source, as they search for defensive end help in the wake of losing defensive ends Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy on Monday.

Kearse, 31, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1999 with the Titans. He recorded 14.5 sacks that season and helped the franchise make its only Super Bowl appearance.

Kearse, nicknamed “The Freak,” was Tennessee's first-round pick in 1999 and played with the Titans through 2003. He then departed in free agency for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he signed a $66 million package.

The Titans were cap-strapped at the time, and that combined with some of Kearse’s health concerns prevented the team from franchising him to keep him on the roster.

Kearse, who suffered a foot injury in Tennessee in 2002, had his career wracked by injuries with the Eagles as well. He suffered a knee injury in 2006 and by 2007 had lost his starting job in Philadelphia to his former backup Juqua Thomas.

Kearse was released last week by the Eagles as a cap cut, and the Titans are his first scheduled visit. He also is drawing some interest from the Minnesota Vikings, who lost out on both Justin Smith and Odom.

Kearse, a three-time Pro Bowl player with the Titans, had 47.5 sacks in five seasons in Tennessee and just 22 sacks in four years with the Eagles.

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By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Can you say "has been"?