Jones, Titans appear to have interest in each other

Monday, March 15, 2010 at 9:21pm

There appears to be mutual interest between the Tennessee Titans and free agent safety Sean Jones, who wrapped up his visit to Nashville on Monday.

The Titans are in the market for needed depth behind starters Michael Griffin and Chris Hope at the safety position, and according agent Brian Mackler, “there is interest on both sides.”

Mackler and the Titans are expected to talk on Tuesday. That, however, is not to say that the Titans don’t have competition for Jones, who also visited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently.

Jones spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns before going to the Philadelphia Eagles last year. For the Eagles in 2009, Jones had 61 tackles and two interceptions in 15 games with nine starts.

Behind Griffin and Hope, the Titans have Donnie Nickey, who is primarily a special teams player, and Vincent Fuller, whose primary role is as the team’s nickelback.

Kevin Kaesviharn, who filled a backup role last season, is an unrestricted free agent, and the Titans apparently have not made any overtures yet toward re-signing him.


11 Comments on this post:

By: TitansFan035 on 3/16/10 at 6:18

Go to the Bucs men!! There nothing here but a 500 season or less..

By: wayneCaluger on 3/16/10 at 8:22

Jones has pretty good stats, almost as good Kevin Kaesviharn, one several Titans UFA still hanging along with Keith Bulluck, Ken Amato, Kevin Mawae and Alge Crumpler as possible keepers. White, Kearse and Harper are three I see not re-signing and Crumpler if next season focus is going to be a balanced attack not just a ground game.

What I really don't get is why the Titans are not first nailing down UFA and RFA like Bo Scaife, Dave Ball, Tony Brown, Kevin Vickerson and Stephen Tulloch first and then go shopping for depth and/or starters for UFA and RFA they cannot or did not want to re-sign. I suspect once the 2010 draft passes we will lose most if not all of the RFA guys based on the speed the Titans move during contract negotiations.

I just don't get wasting time running around adding depth at positions when if they don't buckle down and re-sign some of the RFA players there will be huge gaps to fill if they get away. Scaife who is VY favorite receiver might be a minor loss considering more emphasis on the run game in 2010 but the oxymoron here is the spent days acting if they wanted to re-sign Alge for his blocking and then just stopped after he started talking to the Pat’s.

Losing Brown and Tulloch would be huge. Ball and Vickerson have stepped up adding depth. Ball had 9 solo and 10 assists in the 11 games he played while Vickerson had 20 solo tackles in the 13 games played starting 2 of the 13. I'm not sure who the Titans will find walking the street with a "work for food" sign that could come off the bench any.

I guess it's fiddle while Rome burns looking to sign cheaper unproven players while proven and familiar with the Titan system players wait out the NFL to see who will give them a deal and the Titans a 2011 draft first or second round choice during the strike season.

By: tm313 on 3/16/10 at 9:06

the deadline for signing a RFA is April 15 and the signing team has to give up their 2010 draft pick not their 2011

By: EquinsuOcha on 3/16/10 at 11:24

I love it when people go off on a rant and don't know what they are talking about..........if a coach or GM listens to the fans ,soon they'll be sitting wih them

By: TITAN1 on 3/16/10 at 11:26

EquinsuOcha, exactly what I have been saying.

By: TitansFan035 on 3/16/10 at 12:21

We got a mediocre 500 coach, and i didn't even know we had a G.M!

By: wayneCaluger on 3/16/10 at 12:22

Thanks tm313. For some reason I thought the RFA deadline signing date was after the 4-22-2010 draft date. Regardless, teams set to draft 28 to 32 may feel its worth giving up their first round choice to sign a player like Tony Brown, Bo Scaife or Stephen Tulloch. The NFL draft is always a crap shoot on how these college stars will pan out in the NFL while Brown, Scaife, Ball, Vickerson and Stephen Tulloch have good NFL track records.

So I guess we will know come April 16th how many of the RFA are still on the auction block. I would still feel better if they lock these guys up rather than risk getting in a position of having to match or better an offer knowing how tight the Titans are when it comes to money. How about finding a return man, a position which there is zero depth?

By: TitansFan035 on 3/16/10 at 12:23

Titans are a farm system for the rest of the NFL teams. They prep players so other teams can sign them for big money since the owner is so cheap, and the coach an ego maniac!

By: TITAN1 on 3/16/10 at 12:52

035, then why are you PRETENDING to be a Titans fan? I think it is because you are to ashamed of the team you REALLY pull for.

By: westtntitan on 3/16/10 at 1:54

I've got to agree with you on our return man. I hope we donn't make the same mistake as last year and think that anyone can do it. I keep thinking if we would have just kept Carr, or even had offered him a contract, the first 5 games would have been a diff turnout (including the 69-0 game, at least we would have had depth at corner).

By: wayneCaluger on 3/16/10 at 4:52

westtntitan There was a good chance if they had signed Carr for the $5 million he wanted to stay we very well may have been 3-3 at the break. Between the three or four muff catches, fumbles and stepping out of the way (no attempt to block or slow down the defense) watching as the downed the ball between the 5 and goal line. Britt finally gave us some bright spots at season end, but would be a waste preferring to see him as a back up. Need a smaller guy that can get lost behind blockers with breakaway speed once you find someone that can catch and hold onto the ball and make good decisions.

There are too many fixes and too few draft choices this year. The Titans draft 16 in round one and based on the mock draft the Titans may be going after Derrick Morgan Ht/Wt: 6-4/268 lbs Position:DE/OLB a Junior from Georgia Tech. So if he works out that could plug one hole either KVB, JK or KB provided they want KB back.

At the present the Titans do not have a second round pick unless someone bites on LDW or one of the others with a second round tag. The Titans go 13th in round 3 and there is no mock draft peculation after round 2. The crap shoot gets bigger deeper into the draft and if any gaping appear happens by not locking down some of the better players now chances get slimmer at 77, 102 and 134 using left over's to fix things not broken last season.

So far the only fix was finally re-signing Rod Hood. QB position is real thin with KC physical and mental status unknown after taking the hit for the teams performance. Got 1 year left and with the Titans history of keeping a single back up raises even more questions should VY go down and a 2011 on backup that could step into a NFL if need be. The run game is less effective with KC at the helm.