Titans’ DE Odom will test open market

Friday, February 29, 2008 at 1:08am

Tennessee Titans defensive end Antwan Odom will test the free agent market when his contract expires at midnight tonight.

But that doesn’t mean Tennessee is out of the mix for Odom, who enjoyed a career year with eight sacks in 2007.

“I would assume we’ll take a look around,” agent Tony Agnone said. “It doesn’t look like anything will get done today, but we’ll keep in touch with the Titans.”

Odom, 26, is a free agent, as is defensive end Travis LaBoy, who is also poised to test the open market.

Agnone said Odom is happy in Tennessee and would stay with the Titans if the sides can broker the right deal.

“Obviously he likes where he is. It’s not about getting out of there because he’s unhappy. But it’s going to come down to economics, the team, the opportunity, the whole thing.”

If the Titans were to lose either Odom or LaBoy or both, there is the possibility they would entertain bringing former Titan Jevon Kearse in for a look. Kearse was released Thursday by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Titans have other unrestricted free agents who will test the market as well, headlined by starting left guard Jacob Bell, another player the Titans would like to keep but might price himself out of their range.

Other players who will be free at 12:01 a.m. EST include running back Chris Brown, linebackers Gilbert Gardner and Rich Scanlon, tight ends Ben Hartsock and Ben Troupe, receiver Eric Moulds, defensive backs Donnie Nickey and Chidi Iwuoma and defensive tackle Randy Starks.

Albert Haynesworth’s contract was up, but the Titans franchised him on Feb. 20.

RESTRICTED TENDERS: The Titans are busy tendering their restricted free agents before Thursday’s deadline and have given tackle David Stewart a first-round tender worth $2.017 million, while tight end Bo Scaife received a second-round tender worth $1.47 million. Kicker Rob Bironas, a Pro Bowl selection and member of the Associated All-Pro team, was given a second-round tender as well.

Stewart was originally a fourth-round pick in 2005, while Scaife was drafted in the sixth round. Bironas was an undrafted free agent.

Stewart’s agent Bus Cook indicated that no talks were ongoing currently regarding a long-term deal for his client.

The Titans also remain in the hunt for tight end Alge Crumpler, who is apparently still making visits before he signs a deal with anyone.

Crumpler, who caught 42 passes last year for the Atlanta Falcons, was released by the team and is free to sign with anyone even before unrestricted free agency opens.

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