The writing is on the wall for veteran center Kevin Mawae with the Tennessee Titans.
According to agent Mark Bartelstein, the 39-year-old center will head into the unrestricted free agent market to find a new team.
When the Titans re-signed guard Eugene Amano to a five-year, $26.25 million deal last week, it meant Mawae’s time in Tennessee could be at an end, what with Leroy Harris waiting in the wings to start at either center or left guard with Amano in the other spot.
“He’s probably heading to the free agent market,” Bartelstein said. “After talking to the Titans, they have decided to go a little bit younger at the position. We’re not closing the door completely on Tennessee, but I’m not sure Kevin’s starting spot would be there waiting for him if he came back, and he’s still playing at a high level.”
Mawae made his eighth Pro Bowl this season, being added to the squad as an alternate.
Now, Bartelstein said the challenge is to again find the right situation for the veteran, just as he did in 2006 when Mawae came to Tennessee after being let go by the New York Jets.
“I think a lot of people will be interested in Kevin. It’s up to us now to find the right spot for him,” Bartelstein said.
Bartelstein said Mawae would love to be back with the Titans, but it doesn’t look like such a scenario is currently viable.
“He loves it in Tennessee. He loves the coaches, the organization, and his family loves it there,” Bartelstein said. “He would love to stay, but unfortunately in this business you don’t always get to do that.”
Crumpler likes it here too, but…
Tight end Alge Crumpler is also playing a waiting game regarding his future.
Crumpler, 32, signed with Tennessee two years ago and in that time transformed himself from a receiving-type tight end that he had been with the Atlanta Falcons to being the blocking tight end in the Titans’ potent run game. Crumpler was part of a Titans rushing scheme that helped Chris Johnson run for 2,006 yards last season.
“There’s nothing going on right now. All is quiet,” agent James Williams said. “I have talked to [Mike] Reinfeldt some, and I expect we’ll talk again at the appropriate time.”
Williams indicated that Crumpler would like to return to the Titans, if possible.
“He likes the Titans and Nashville and still has a home there,” Williams said.