Titans zero in on Washington, Haye in free agency

Monday, March 2, 2009 at 12:00am

So, when will the Tennessee Titans get involved in the free agent derby, other than to keep one of their own?

Look for the process to begin soon, as Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Nate Washington was scheduled to arrive in Nashville Sunday evening for a meeting with Titans officials on Monday at Baptist Sports Park.

Washington would appear to be a strong possibility for the Titans, considering Tennessee just lost Brandon Jones to the San Francisco 49ers (five years, $16.5 million, far above what the Titans put on the table for him) and the fact that Washington’s agent Brian Overstreet told The City Paper over the weekend that Tennessee and Detroit were the finalists for his client.

Washington visited the Lions on Friday, but left without a contract being signed.

He caught a career-high 40 passes last season as the Steelers' third receiver and since making the club as an undrafted free agent in 2005, has averaged 16.4 yards per catch in his NFL career.

As for other free agents, the Titans are likely to bring former Vanderbilt defensive lineman Jovan Haye in for a visit this week.

Haye is a two-year starter at defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and posted a strong season in 2007 with six sacks and 68 tackles. Last year, however, he slumped to 33 tackles and had no sacks.

There was the possibility that Chris Canty could have made his way to Nashville for a visit, but that possibility ended when he agreed to terms with the New York Giants on a reported six-year, $42 million deal Sunday.

There were reports that Canty was headed to Nashville on the opening day of free agency Friday, but that never materialized.

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By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I wish we had gotten Canty and the dtackle from seattle the giants signed, but that means we are going to have to infill our dline elsewhere. Bring in nate washington, I think he will help us! Sign grady jackson. Get percy.GO TITANS.