Titans' Bulluck should report soon after European vacation

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 3:50pm

Linebacker Keith Bulluck was absent from the opening days of the Tennessee Titans off-season work after spending vacation time in Europe.

“Keith has been in Barcelona,” agent Gary Wichard said. “He’s back in the States now and should be in Nashville very soon.”

Bulluck, one of the Titans veteran leaders, is usually in and out over the course of the off-season, but had not returned phone messages from the Titans as to his whereabouts.

Bulluck and running back LenDale White, whom Bulluck had actually promised a trip to Europe if he reached a milestone during the season, were the only Titans unaccounted for at the start of the off-season program, which began Monday.

Other players were not around, but they had informed the Titans of their other commitments or had not signed their tender offers.

SHAPING UP: Wide receiver Mike Williams, whose weight caused Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher to give him a mandatory deadline, will likely meet that number by Friday’s deadline.

Williams, who apparently was told to be at 250 pounds, was at 254 pounds when he reported on Monday for the Titans off-season program and is expected to meet the required weigh-in by the deadline.

The former first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2005 weighed in at more than 270 pounds when the Titans signed him last Thanksgiving.

Williams, 24, is on his third team as the Lions traded him to Oakland, where the Raiders released him in mid-season.

Still, the receiver-needy Titans and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger are looking for anyone who can step up at the position, making Williams a good gamble, if he can dedicate himself and show some of the form that made him the 10th overall pick in that year’s draft.

MORE VISITORS: Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, the slender Tennessee State cornerback, who has been rising up many teams draft boards, was at Baptist Sports Park on Wednesday visiting with team officials.

Rodgers-Cromartie, a cousin of San Diego Chargers star cornerback Antonio Cromartie, is projected as a likely first-round pick in the NFL Draft in April.

The Titans are allowed to bring in local college players to visit with and interview, as they do not count against the 30 players the team can bring in from across the country to visit with prior to the draft.

Vanderbilt defensive end Curtis Gatewood, who some teams project to be an outside linebacker at the NFL level, was also scheduled to visit on Wednesday.

DYSON WATCH: Former Titans cornerback Andre Dyson, released by the New York Jets at the start of free agency, is likely to wind up with either the Houston Texans or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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