Top draft pick apparently in no hurry to join Titans

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10:01pm

The Titans are starting training camp with their top draft pick still unsigned. Coach Mike Munchak hopes a deal with Chance Warmack is done quickly because Tennessee has big plans for him.

The Titans reported Wednesday, and Munchak said there's no reason to think Warmack — the 10th selection overall — isn't the best right guard on the team if the former Alabama lineman doesn't miss much practice time. Warmack could be one of three new starters on the line after the Titans signed left guard Andy Levitre in free agency and drafted center Brian Schwenke.

"That's the subject that I hoped we wouldn't have to talk about," Munchak said of Warmack's contract status.

"As a coach, you want everybody here. Hopefully, that's going to happen here soon. I mean that's all I can hope for. Definitely want him here, need him here. He's a big part, we feel, of our offensive line so that's important to us. So we'll just have to kind of see how that plays out, and hope that's it's something we see him real soon."

Warmack is a handful of players taken in the first round yet to sign. His agent, Roosevelt Barnes, did not immediately return an email message from The Associated Press.

The right guard wrote on Twitter, "Patience is an essence and a virtue. #norush."

The Titans and Munchak certainly are in a hurry. This franchise is trying to rebound from a 6-10 season after signing 17 free agents and drafting eight players, and the offensive line got the most attention during the offseason. Of the 16 players who wound up on injured reserve in 2012, four were starting offensive linemen.

"He still has a lot of work ahead of him," Munchak said of Warmack. "We all know that, but it will all depend. If for some reason he misses an extreme amount of time that changes the equation. So we'll wait and see. I assume that's not going to be a discussion we're going to have to have."


4 Comments on this post:

By: courier37027 on 7/25/13 at 6:08

A holdout draft pick will join a porous offensive line that does not communicate, led by a former great player but average O-line coach. What possibly could go wrong given this scenario?

By: PKVol on 7/25/13 at 7:48

The implications to this holdout are significant.

If he figures to be an important part of the line, an extended holdout means someone else will have to fill that spot.

If someone else fills that spot, that is one more offensive lineman they would carry than they would plan on.

If there is one more o-lineman on the roster, that is one other player that isn't on the roster which weakens that position.

As a rookie, there isn't a lot of wiggle room for Warmack (and agent Barnes) in negotiations, so it is better for him in the long run to go ahead and get signed and into camp and learn what he needs to know.

By: phkauf on 7/25/13 at 7:53

Courier....for you the glass is always EMPTY.....Cheer up...Bud did take out his wallet ,let's send some possitive vibes....try it just might like it..

By: courier37027 on 7/25/13 at 2:33

Phkauf, I want the Titans to win. The combination scenario I described has not yet worked. Optimist second, realist first.