McCareins calls Titans 'good situation'

Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 6:44pm

Could the Tennessee Titans reunion tour continue with the addition of Justin McCareins?

McCareins was at Baptist Sports Park on Thursday and said that while nothing is definite, he would welcome the opportunity to come back to the place where his career first blossomed.

In this off-season, the Titans have already brought back offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger from Denver and on Thursday agreed to terms with former defensive end Jevon Kearse on a two-year deal.

“It was great to come back here and nice to be invited back,” McCareins said. “They’re showing some interest. I enjoyed every year I spent here on this team, and the fact that the majority of the coaching staff and a handful of players and trainers [are still here], it seems like a good situation for me. I’m just going to keep my options open for now and see what happens. But I definitely would be excited to come back.”

McCareins, a fourth-round pick in 2001, wasn’t the only receiver to visit the Titans on Thursday. Drew Carter, a free agent from the Carolina Panthers was also in town, along with defensive backs Eugene Wilson and Terry Cousin and defensive linemen Ellis Wyms and Marques Douglas.

McCareins knows full well that Heimerdinger’s style can be tough and abrasive, but said he knows the coach was a big factor in jumpstarting his NFL career.

“I owe him a lot in terms of me developing as a receiver,” McCareins said. “I don’t think I would have had any success without a guy like him kind of guiding me and fine-tuning me as a player. It would be a great opportunity to play with him again.”

McCareins had 47 catches for 813 yards and seven touchdowns for the Titans in his final year in Tennessee before he was traded to the New York Jets for a second-round pick. His best year in New York was in 2004, his first season there, when he hauled in 56 passes. He was released by the Jets last month.

McCareins has some other visits in the works and said he will take it over with his agent, Cliff Brady, and his family and friends before making any move.

“I’ll talk to my agent and some other people, the people who care about me, and we’ll go from there. It definitely would be a great opportunity to come back,” McCareins said.

MORE RECEIVERS: Carter had 38 receptions for the Panthers and would bring an element of speed to a receiving corps that is still in transition.

“He’s more of a speed guy and we wanted to at least meet with him and spend time with him. I don’t think anything is imminent,” general manager Mike Reinfeldt said.

The Titans have spoken to the agent for D.J. Hackett of Seattle, but still have not yet scheduled a visit for him.

Reinfeldt also said that the team could look at Arizona’s Bryant Johnson at some point.

OTHER INTEREST: The Titans have also spoken to the agent for Grady Jackson, who was released by Jacksonville this week.

The Titans looked at Jackson during the season when Atlanta let him go, but he signed with the Jaguars instead.

“I think he would be a good fit there,” Angelo Wright said. “We talked a little bit, but I’m not sure what they want to do yet.”

The Titans are still have some interest in running back Warrick Dunn, who was released by Atlanta.

TROUPE TO BUCS: Free agent tight end Ben Troupe has agreed to a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to an NFL Network report.

Troupe had 55 receptions in 2005, but caught just 13 passes the past two seasons combined in Tennessee. Details of the contract were not disclosed.

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

Might as well get Del Greco back too...

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

gdiafante I don't agree with you most of the time but no one can say you don't know how to use your head.....This was one of your best. Maybe we could retire Ray Lewis's jersey as well.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

frank, you wouldn't like anyone we bring in. Not sure about Justin, but damn excited about the Freak!

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Titan1, don't be so hard on those of us who are unhappy with 27 and 38 over the past four years.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

frank, you are a fair weather fan, you only support the team if they win the Super Bowl. REAL fans support their home team regardless of their record. We are fortunate to have a team that has been to the Super Bowl and the playoffs and in most years is competitive. I am around a lot of fans who feel exactly as I do, because we remember when we did not have a team. Those 50 or so I tailgate with, we have a blast and we love our Titans! Thank God that the fans that feel as I do, put those like you very much in the minority. Your fair weather attitude is as bad as idgaf's chronic whining. You guys are drowning in your pity pool.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

McCairens is better than the rest of the receivers left out there, except maybe Bryant Johnson, and he is certainly better than the rest of the stiffs they trotted out there this year. Remember, he was a good receiver in the years that Dinger ran the offense, he has decent speed, can catch and can block. He's not a big name but there aren't any left and they have little or no interest coming to a team with a QB who has accuracy issues because they can't put up any big numbers which means no big money payday.

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

Kearse? OH MY LEG!

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Titan1, all my life I have tried to better myself at every juncture. I have become accustomed to the best....I do not consider myself a fair weather fan. I consider myself a person who knows when he he is being flim-flamed. I do not think Bud Adams has tried to better the team at every juncture. I do believe that Bud Adams loves the loyalty you and your friends give the team regadless of how much money he makes off you guys. I also respect your loyalty. I am too much of a competitor to be sapped by this chicanery that Adams weaves.

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

sign GRADY JACKSON!!! He can still play and is GREAT at stuffing the run! He and Albert would be a great tandem, with tony brown also in the mix. Also, if Haynesworth gets hurt we wouldn't have a defensive drop-off like we did last year! SIGN GRADY JACKSON!!

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

Sign mcCareins as well. Underrated IMO. Get depth and solid weapon for our offense. Knows the dinger system. get it done Titans!