Titans' Scaife forced to play for franchise tender

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 5:55pm
Bo Scaife

Tennessee Titans tight end Bo Scaife will play under the one-year, $4.46 million tender offer he signed earlier this off-season.

Scaife will be obligated to play under the deal as the deadline for working out a long-term extension passed without a new contract being negotiated.

A Titans spokesman confirmed that no new deal had been completed. Efforts to reach Scaife’s agents, Kevin Robinson and Tom Mills, were unsuccessful on Wednesday.

Scaife led the Titans with 58 receptions last season, accounting for 561 yards and two touchdowns.

Scaife, a sixth-round pick out of the University of Texas in 2005, was given the franchise tag in February, and negotiations on a long-term deal are believed to have not progressed very far in terms of an extension.

The Titans also drafted another receiving type tight end in this year’s draft, selecting Jared Cook of South Carolina in the third round.

The passing of the deadline means that no new negotiations on a long-term contract for Scaife can take place between now and the end of the upcoming regular season.

Scaife’s status after the season also could be up in the air. If a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, he could become an unrestricted free agent next off season (if he is not franchised again). However, if no agreement is reached on a new CBA, Scaife, entering his fifth NFL season, would only be a restricted free agent.


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7 Comments on this post:

By: jps13pat on 7/16/09 at 12:42

In an offense that ALWAYS features the tight end, why wouldn't you take the opportunity to lock one up that's been here and proven himself. Why is it that the Titans organization ALWAYS has trouble keeping their own guys in Nashville? This is frustrating.

By: TitansFan035 on 7/16/09 at 6:49

Typical of this franchise to use this guys an prepared them for other teams to thrive on them. Bud Adams signature all over "stingy" that's why i don't think this franchise will ever reach the superbowl again...

By: nashbeck on 7/16/09 at 7:34

I think Bo Scaife is an essential key for many Superbowl victories. Lock him up long-term Titans FO. He's a good locker room guy, a good teammate.


By: jwk6179 on 7/16/09 at 7:35

I would advise Titans fans not to purchase a Bo Scaife jersey to wear to the games this year because after free agency starts in February, Bo Scaife will be just like Albert Haynesworth and signed with another NFL team WITHIN HOURS of becoming a FREE AGENT.

By: cmarcus45 on 7/16/09 at 8:02

Let's try not to throw the Titans under the bus on this one. I am sometimes frustrated with the perceived lack of spending, too, but from everything I remember, I am inclined to believe Scaife did not want a long-term deal to stay here. He opted against negotiated with the Titans before he became a free agent so he could 'test the waters.' Then, he was none-too-happy when the Titans placed the franchise tag on him. I like Scaife a lot and would love to see him stay in Nashville, but I can't really blame him for wanting to see what team will continue the recent trend of over-paying free agents. Also, for those questioning the Titans' 'stinginess,' my eyes were opened a bit when I took a look at team payrolls. The last time I looked we had one of the highest 10 payrolls.

By: EquinsuOcha on 7/16/09 at 8:29

There have not been too many players to leave the titans that have thrived on other teams............this team is under the best collective leadership ever..........they should be a good team for a long time.

By: gratefulted on 7/16/09 at 8:53

Having been designated "franchise" player by the Titans, Scaife is entitled to the average of the salaries of the top 5 tight ends in the NFL. Talk about getting the "Deal" of the year. Arguably, Scaife is not in the top ten tight ends. He should laugh all the way to the bank.
By not signing long term with the Titans, he has exposed himself to several possible scenarios. What if he has a lousy year? What if he has a career ending injury? What if Jared Cook replaces him in the number one rotation?
Personally, I hope he stays a Titan. Whatever happens, Good Luck, Bo.